According to reports, Detroit has filed a lawsuit against Black Lives Matter activists as the city alleges a “civil conspiracy.” They also claim that the riots in the city have repeatedly turned violent and endangered the lives of the police as well as the public.
Other complaints by the city are that the BLM activists participated in the conspiracy, “defamed” the mayor as well as the police, and the city should be awarded damages.
Four protests that happened in Detroit this year resulted in injuries to police that included “cracked vertebrae, lacerations and concussions.”
Considering the pattern of violence, the city believes it will wipe away BLM’s claims that the riots should be protected under the First Amendment.
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, member of The Squad, criticized the city’s lawsuit. Tlaib called it an “unthinkable assault on our constitutional rights.”