Lawsuit alleges Ferguson police arrested innocent bystanders

August 28, 2014
MISSOURI

A federal lawsuit alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The five plaintiffs in the suit filed Thursday include a woman who says she and her son, 17, were roughed up and arrested after not evacuating a McDonald’s quickly enough. A 23-year-old man says he was shot multiple times with rubber bullets and called racial slurs while walking through the protest zone to his mother’s home. The lawsuit seeks $40 million in damages. Officials in Ferguson and Clayton declined comment.

— Associated Press

OKLAHOMA

An Oklahoma death-row inmate who died following a problematic execution succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after the state’s prisons chief halted efforts to kill him, an autopsy report released Thursday says.

Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton had said inmate Clayton Lockett died from a heart attack several minutes after he ordered the execution stopped. But the autopsy report performed for the Department of Public Safety says all three execution drugs were found in Lockett’s system. A medical examiner declared that the cause of death was “judicial execution by lethal injection.”

— Associated Press

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