More than 140 protesters, residents sue Philly police over tear gas, ‘extraordinary abuses of police power’

PHILADELPHIA — Citing “extraordinary abuses of police power,” more than 140 Philadelphia protesters and residents sued the city Tuesday over the department’s response to the unrest that has gripped the region in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.In three separate federal lawsuits filed Tuesday, 146 plaintiffs alleged police and city officials violated their constitutional rights to free expression and freedom from excessive force with heavy-handed tactics deployed to disperse crowds of largely peaceful protests and bystanders.Their claims focus on two incidents that have garnered …

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