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National Attorneys Organization Battling Police Brutality Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors in Federal Appeals Court

Police brutality at Standing Rock 2016.

National Attorneys Organization, Battling Police Brutality, Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors in Federal Appeals Court

Brenda Norrell
Censored News
May 7, 2022

The National Police Accountability Project, composed of attorneys nationwide, has filed in federal appeals court in support of Standing Rock Water Protectors. The attorneys told the court that the force used against Water Protectors was "unreasonably excessive," and violated their Fourth Amendment right, which protects people from unreasonable search and seizure by the government.

"NPAP agrees with the argument of appellants that the force used was unreasonably excessive and in violation of appellants’ Fourth Amendment rights," NPAP said in its summary in the 32-page amicus brief filed in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in North Dakota on April 29, 2022.

The attorneys' organization defends peaceful protesters, including those at George Floyd protests, who have been injured by tear gas, bean bags shot out of shotguns, rubber bullets and other munitions fired by law enforcement.

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