LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A newly-filed lawsuit alleges Las Vegas police used "violent crowd control tactics" during Black Lives Matter protests, and deployed those tactics on people who were of no threat to police and the public, as well as legal observers and journalists.
Some of the tactics listed in the complaint, filed on Sept. 25, include kettling, which is confining demonstrators to a small area, the use of tear gas and the use of capsicum projectiles or “pepperballs.”
The complaint goes on say the department's actions go against its own use of force policy, which was recently updated.
The new policy went into effect on July 8, in the midst of Las Vegas BLM protests which began May 30 and remain ongoing.
Three legal observers are listed in the complaint as plaintiffs, along with four other people who attended the protests as demonstrators or helped organize them.
The lawsuit names Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Sheriff Joe Lombardo and at least two individual officers as defendants.