The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon filed a lawsuit against the city of Portland on June 28. Their class-action lawsuit claimed the Portland police attacked journalists and legal observers who were covering protests against police misconduct and the killing of George Floyd.
The attacks alleged by the ACLU include using pepper spray, rubber bullets, and tear-gas, as well as physically beating them.
Portland-area reporters circulated a change.org petition that has collected over 3,700 signatures asking Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to “ensure that the Portland Police Bureau ceases assaulting and intimidating reporters.”
The class action lawsuit was filed by the ACLU and a San Francisco based law firm, Braunhagey & Borden LLP, on behalf of journalists and legal observers.
“It is dangerous for police to be attacking the media this way, this is not the America we want to live in,” said Matt Borden, partner at Braunhagey & Borden LLP in an ACLU press release. “The free press is a core and important right in this country that helps keep the government in line.”