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Lawsuits claim election night hate crimes by police

By David Edwards
Friday, November 14, 2008 11:40 EDT
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Several lawsuits have alleged that Chicago police abused Chicago citizens as they celebrated the win of Barack Obama.

CBS’ Chicago affiliate reported:

“Two more women are suing Chicago Police for hate crimes and battery after officers allegedly sprayed pepper spray on the women and their children and barged into their West Side home as they celebrated Barack Obama’s Election Night victory.”

“Her family was standing outside their home in the 3400 block of West Chicago Avenue cheering and celebrating Obama’s victory when police squad cars drove down the street and one or more officers hung out the window and discharged pepper spray at the crowd, the suit said.”

“After some words were exchanged, officers exited their vehicles with guns drawn and kicked open the door to the Arnold family home, according to the suit.”

“The officers allegedly knocked some of the family members to the ground and made racial comments, the suit said. ”

CBS 2 has more details here.

This video is from CBS 2 Chicago, broadcast Nov. 13, 2008.



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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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