Puente and anti-Trump protesters filed a Notice of Appeal today, asking the 9th Circuit to keep their class action suit against the Phoenix PD alive. The suit stems from the Aug. 22, 2017 protest when then-President Donald Trump came to town, and the PPD dispersed the crowd by firing gas, pepper bullets and flash-bangs into the crowd.
The plaintiffs - represented by attorneys from the ACLU and others - alleged constitutional violations and sought injunctive relief against Phoenix to prohibit future protests. District Court Judge John Tuchi dismissed nearly all of those last week.
Although in March, the defendants appealed another of Tuchi's rulings allowing excessive force claims against individual officers to move towards trial. The briefing on that appeal is slated to continue into August.
The case was filed in 2018.
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