U.S. District Court Judge ordered Denver police on Friday to stop using tear gas, plastic bullets and other “less-than-lethal” force such as flash grenades against protesters.

  • The temporary injunction was in response to a local lawsuit filed by protesters complaining about excessive force used by officers during demonstrations.
  • n Denver, throngs of marchers have gathered around the state Capitol every day for more than a week, protesting the death of George Floyd.
  • The lawsuit, brought by four activists, acknowledged that some demonstrators “engaged in destructive behavior,” but also said the vast majority were peaceful.
  • In his decision, U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson said that Denver police had “failed in its duty to police its own.” “If a store’s windows must be broken to prevent a protester’s facial bones from being broken or eye being permanently damaged, that is more than a fair trade.”