BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One name has been dropped from a lawsuit against the city of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Police and more over the alleged use of excessive force in protests following the death of Alton Sterling.
The ACLU of Louisiana, who filed the suit, agreed to drop the name of District Attorney Hillar Moore from the lawsuit.
Moore requested the dismissal of the case against him in July, saying he was only acting in his official role as DA in the arrests made during the protests.
The ACLU of Louisiana and other local groups filed the lawsuit against the Baton Rouge Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies, claiming that police violated the First Amendment rights of the demonstrators who were peacefully protesting. Several protests were held across Baton Rouge after Sterling's death on July 5.
In the lawsuit, it alleges that officers used excessive force, wrongful arrests, and both physical and verbal abuse to break up the protests.
The groups have reportedly collected eyewitness accounts that describes the actions of police in full riot gear with assault rifles. The reports claim that the police lunged and grabbed at protesters, throwing them down to the ground.