SETTLEMENT ALERT: Washington D.C. Local Government Agrees To Settlement In A Bid To End Legal Action In Relation To Mass Arrests During Trump Inauguration
Washington, D.C. authorities have agreed to pay up $1.6 million to complainants in a settlement concerning two class action lawsuits filed against them.
These complaints involve allegations of the use of excessive force and false arrests by state forces during former President Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration Ceremony more than three years ago.
Arrested Protesters And Other Attendees File Legal Action
This spells a legal victory for more than a hundred peaceful demonstrators who got caught up in the sweep of mass arrests perpetrated by Washington, D.C.’s security forces during the former top Republican’s inauguration ceremonies.
They were among the thousands of protesters who took the streets to rally in the country’s capital after Trump secured a win in one of the most contentious Presidential elections the United States has seen.
Officials made more than 200 arrests without any prior warning that involved peaceful protesters and medical personnel, reporters, and legal observers that were also present in the scene.
When they were arrested, it was reported that authorities refused to provide them food and water for more than half a day while in detention.
Worse, they were also not allowed to use the bathroom during the same period.
After the whole incident, groups decided to press charges to challenge the Washington, D.C. government to take responsibility for their transgressions during the whole ordeal.
Two class action lawsuits were filed on behalf of the aggrieved parties – one representing more than a hundred peaceful protesters while the other one is filed by another group consisting of demonstrators, one media personnel, and paralegal staff.
The groups representing the plaintiffs have applauded the recent announcement of the settlement to the public.
They declared that the local authorities have resorted to accepting their terms instead of continuing on with the legal proceedings, for it would be futile to defend the actions conducted by the local police department.
Besides the monetary compensation, the local police officials have bowed their heads and promised to perform alterations to their standard operating procedures to reflect improved detention procedures.
The court in charge of hearing the case, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, is set to comb through the settlement details before giving it its seal of approval through an upcoming hearing with all of the parties involved.
Consider The Consumer would carry on in monitoring the latest developments of this ongoing story.
Editor’s Note on Washington D.C. Mass Arrests Settlement:
This news feature aims to provide you the latest developments in the two class action lawsuits filed by separate parties in relation to the alleged transgressions of the local Washington D.C. security forces during former President Trump’s inauguration in the city.
The Horse Settlement & Shultz Settlement Details:
Case Name(s) & No.(s): Horse, et al. v. District of Columbia, et al.; Case No. 1:17-cv-01216-ABJ; and, Shultz, et al. v. District of Columbia, et al.; Case No. 1:18-cv-00120
Jurisdiction: Both cases are being heard in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Products/Services Involved: N/A
Allegation(s): Washington D.C. officials and authorities have violated the law in conducting mass arrests of demonstrators during former President Trump’s inauguration ceremonies in the nation’s capital.
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