PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Another class-action lawsuit has been filed against the city of Portland, marking the third such lawsuit filed related to the use of force and munitions at protests that began after the police killing of George Floyd.
The class-action complaint filed this week named three plaintiffs, Robert Evans, Bea Lake and Sadie Oliver-Grey, and contains allegations including assault, battery, negligence, false arrest and intentional infliction of emotional distress, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
The suit asks the court to find the plaintiffs within their rights and to order police to stop brutalizing and unlawfully arresting protesters.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs allege Portland police have been unnecessarily violent with protesters, interfered with their right to free speech and stopped journalists from doing their jobs.
According to the suit, Evans and Lake are freelance journalists who have documented the protests in Portland, and Oliver-Grey works as a housing services specialist.
Similar to plaintiffs in the other suits Lake describes showing her press badge to officers at a protest June 6, and being told it did not matter before she was arrested.
The lawsuit points out that according to Oregon law, unlawful assembly is not a crime and that refusing to follow an officer’s orders is not a crime if the person is not being violent. The lawsuit cites an Oregon statute that says a person can’t be arrested for passive resistance.
In one of the other lawsuits, the nonprofit Don’t Shoot PDX and two individuals filed over police use of tear gas against protesters. The plaintiffs sought and received a temporary restraining order to stop police from generally using tear gas in the city. The suit also seeks a permanent ban.