U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich of Washington has tossed a lawsuit against former President Trump and former AG William Barr over the clearing of Lafayette Square last June.
In four overlapping suits, Black Lives Matter and three other plaintiffs represented by the American Civil Liberties Union alleged that the former president, Barr and other Trump administration officials conspired to violate the civil rights of the protesters.
Last month, the Department of Justice asked U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich to dismiss the lawsuits.
On Monday, Friedrich called the plaintiffs’ claims speculative and dismissed the allegations against Barr, Gregory Monahan of the U.S. Park Police and other federal officials.
In her ruling, Friedrich, a Trump appointee, wrote that the plaintiffs had failed to prove an agreement or plan to violate the rights of the protesters.
“These allegations, taken as true, do not show sufficient ‘events, conversations, or documents indicating an agreement or meeting of the minds’ amongst the defendants to violate [plaintiffs’] rights based on [their] membership in a protected class,’ ” she said.