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NEW: ACLU Sues Providence Police for Violation at Raimondo Fundraiser

Monday, December 08, 2014

 

The ACLU of Rhode Island filed a federal lawsuit against the Providence Police Department on Monday, December 8 for violation the "clearly established" free speech rights of two protestors last year at a fundraiser for then Gubernatorial candidate, and now Governor-elect, Gina Raimondo. The fundraiser was held in Roger Williams Park.

The suit alleges that the actions of the police department amounted to "willful" violation of the "constitutionally protected right of people to peaceable assemble and demonstrate in public parks." The suit seeks various court imposted remedies, including monetary damages. 

The suit also references another ACLU case that happened only six months earlier where a federal judge condemned the Providence police department's practice of "clearing vast public spaces" of peep engaged in free speech with no legal cause. 

Click here to see the complaint and other documents. 

 

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