ACLU, Ramsey Sheriff's office settle RNC free speech lawsuit
|Bob Flecther, the former Ramsey Sheriff.|
Officers carted away boxes of books, pamphlets, leaflets, posters, stickers, and buttons--and found themselves, along with former Sheriff Bob Fletcher, on the receiving end of an ACLU lawsuit accusing them of violating the protesters' free speech rights.
"We took on this case because we knew that the police raids, mass arrests, and indiscriminate collecting of information was a violation of our rights," Kutz said in a statement. "In this case Ramsey County used fear, by the way of raids and false accusations, as a tactic to intimidate people speaking up for justice. We chose to not be intimidated."
The six say they will donate their proceeds to local social justice movement organizations.
The news comes on the heels of another settlement, for $5,000, won by another RNC protester, Mick Kelly. He filed the first lawsuit resulting from police violence at the RNC after police fired on him at close range with a high-velocity marking projectile.
And it's another black eye for Fletcher, whose "terrorism briefs" growing out of the RNC debacle were judged so worthless by one terrorism expert that they've been turned into a series of eight "what not to do" posts on his personal blog called "Evaluating Intelligence Analysis in Law Enforcement."
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