Ferguson Protesters Sue for $41.5M

    Demonstrators gesture and chant as they continue to react to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal autopsy of Brown, a teenager shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, seeking to assure the family and community there will be a thorough investigation into a death that has sparked days of racially charged protests. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR42R7F

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    A $41.5 million lawsuit was filed Thursday by the Black Lawyers for Justice on behalf of five protesters who were arrested, beaten, tear-gassed or shot with rubber bullets in Ferguson, Missouri. The suit names Ferguson, St. Louis County, the police chiefs of both, and named and unnamed officers. One of the “Ferguson Five,” 23-year-old Dwayne Matthews Jr., said he was walking too his mother’s house when he was confronted by police, shot with rubber bullets multiple times, almost drowned in a drainage ditch, and was pepper-sprayed. He says police used racial epithets during the arrest and called him “mop-head.” 

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