Phoenix Police Department Faces Lawsuit over Trump Protest in August

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The Phoenix Police Department is facing a public-records lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Arizona.

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In its complaint, the ACLU Foundation of Arizona alleged that the Phoenix Police Department refused to provide public records regarding the Trump protest in August.

Tens of thousands of people attended the rally, which was peaceful. At around 8:30 PM, the police started using smoke, gas, and impact projectiles to disperse protesters. The public raised concerns and accused the police of deploying chemical weapons and using harmful tactics against protesters without warning.

In defense, the Phoenix Police Department said protesters started throwing rocks and bottles at officers after Pres. Donald Trump’s speech.

According to the civil rights group, it submitted two public records requests after the Trump protest. However, the Phoenix Police Department did not release the records. Instead, it used the records to refute allegations of police misconduct during the rally.