Lawsuits pile up in wake of nationwide unrest over George Floyd death

Lawsuits pile up in wake of nationwide unrest over George Floyd death

Lawsuits are popping up around the country in the wake of the unrest stemming from the death of George Floyd, with groups claiming police have violated the rights of journalists and protesters -- and others citing President Trump's statement that Antifa is a terror group as support for legal action against it for previous violence.

In one of the most high-profile actions, the D.C. chapter of Black Lives Matter is suing Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and other federal officials over action taken against protesters in Lafayette Square on Monday ahead of a trip Trump took to the area to take photos in front of a church that had been burned the previous night.

The suit accuses the president and attorney general of "ordering the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators who were speaking out against discriminatory police brutality targeted at Black people."

Meanwhile, journalist Andy Ngo is suing Antifa, a group allegedly involved in the violence of the past two weeks, in the wake of Trump's move to call it a terror group.

The suit names several members of Minnesota law enforcement and the city of Minneapolis, and alleges that Goyette's First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated.

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