Journalists and activists have filed a lawsuit through ACLU charging the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department [MPD] with a stunning claim. An officer forced four male claimants to take off their pants, then grabbed their testicles. It gets worse.
Then, the officer inserted his finger into their anuses, the “other officers laughed.” Horse was one of six journalists arrested that day. However, the other lawsuits have been dismissed.
Four people were among 200 caught up in a “guilt by association” arrest and sued claiming that they were held without water, food, and bathroom facilities for 16 hours. The claimants are: independent photojournalist Shay Horse and volunteer legal observer Judah Ariel plus peaceful protesters Elizabeth Legesse and Milo Gonzalez .
Horse told the Washington Post how it felt:
‘It felt like they were trying to…break us so that even if the charges didn’t stick, that night would be our punishment. I felt like they were using molestation and rape as punishment. They used those tactics to inflict pain and misery on people who are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. It felt like they were trying to break me and the others — break us so that even if the charges didn’t stick, that night would be our punishment.’
The MPD claimed it was in not guilty in a statement, according to the Washington Post:
‘Each year, the men and women of MPD protect the rights and ensure the safety of thousands of First Amendment assemblies, demonstrations and protests. There was another group of individuals who chose to engage in criminal acts, destroying property and hurling projectiles, injuring at least six officers. These individuals were ultimately arrested for their criminal actions.’
The Washington Post reported that ACLU’s Scott Michelman countered:
‘All…allegations of misconduct will be fully investigated. We have significant concerns that that won’t be sufficient, in light of repeat problems MPD has had with arresting law-abiding demonstrators and responding…with excessive force.’
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