Detroit Federal Judge Laurie Michelson, an Obama appointee has granted a temporary restraining order preventing Detroit police from using several non-lethal means to protesters.
These include use of tear gas, batons, shields and rubber bullets, over the next 2 weeks.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig reacted by saying “We’re going to continue to do our jobs the way we’ve done it.”
He added “We respect peaceful protesters. We understand the judge’s order and we’ll make sure the protesters understand if there’s any aggression or violation of law, they will get ample notice like we’ve done in the past.”
The lawsuit was filed by the activist group “Detroit Will Breathe.”
Their attorney Jack Schultz told Detroit Free Press “the demonstrators are out in the streets exercising their First Amendment rights and have been met with brutal violence.”
He added “We are at a point where the city needs to decide what its image is, what its soul is; whether Detroit is a place that encourages free and open thought and dialogue or whether open dialogue is met with brutal violence.”
Detroit corporation counsel Lawrence Garcia, the top lawyer in the city, said “the litigation will provide the City an opportunity to counter with our own suit — to stop further violations of law and to hopefully reduce the assaults on police officers.”
July, the same activist group “Detroit Will Breathe” filing the suit, called for the resignation of police chief James Craig.