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NYC Must Face Suits Over Police Handling of Protests in 2020

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A federal judge rejected a request by New York City to dismiss lawsuits claiming police violated the constitutional rights of people protesting racial injustice after the death of George Floyd last year.

U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan on Friday ruled that plaintiffs in six consolidated suits, including one brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, had properly alleged that police engaged in widespread use of excessive force and mass arrests.