A federal judge in Washington ruled that Black Lives Matter can’t claim damages from former President Trump Within the Elimination of protesters from Lafayette Square past summer before his much-publicized walk from the White House to a nearby church
U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich on Monday dismissed claims by Dark Lives Issue along with other plaintiffs that Trump, former Atty. Gen. Bill Barr and former Defense Secretary Mark Esper led a conspiracy targeting Black protesters. .
“Merely alleging that the defendant officials conveyed, without alleging any details of those communications that suggest an unlawful arrangement, can’t justify inferring the required arrangement” for a conspiracy, the judge ruled.
The District of Columbia branch of Black Lives Matter sued Trump, Barr and Esper at June 2020, describing a chaotic scene in which officers fired tear gas, pepper spray capsules, rubber bullets and flash bombs to the crowd.
“Reasonable officers would have known such alleged actions violated clearly established law,” she wrote. The judge also said the plaintiffs could challenge the continued restrictions on accessibility to Lafayette Square.