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D.C. and U.S. Park Police Sued Over Arrests During Inaugural Protests

Photo: Spencer Platt

Photo: Spencer Platt

A lawsuit has been filed against the Washington, D.C. police force and U.S. Park Police over arrests made during Friday's inauguration. 

The lawsuit centers around an incident in which police surrounded and detained many people, allegedly protesters and others not involved, following the destruction of property in downtown D.C.

Attorney Jeffrey Light said, "What they can’t do is round up everybody who was there and indiscriminately arrest everybody who happened to be on the block."

Read more about the lawsuit HERE.

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ACLU Wants Protesters to Film Police During Inaugural but Says Police Shouldn't Film Them

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Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty

The website LawOfficer.com is reporting that the ACLU is demanding that police officers turn their body cameras off during the inaugural festivities of President-elect Donald Trump while at the same time encouraging protesters to film the police.

The ACLU is apparently concerned that lawful activity such as a peaceful protest should not be recorded by the police.

District of Columbia ACLU member Monica Hopkins-Maxwell said, "We are concerned what they will do with the data."

Local police don't seem too concerned as they stated that their policy is to only record police activity and not lawful, peaceful activity.

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5 People Arrested After Firing Upon DC Police Officers in Attempt to Evade Arrest

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Photo: fox5dc.com

Washington, D.C. police arrested 5 people early Tuesday after they fired upon officers responding to a call of shots-fired.

The officers were responding to a call of gunfire reported from the city's ShotSpotter system. The system recognizes the sound of gunfire and alerts officers to the location of where the gunfire came.

When officers arrived, 5 people inside of an SUV opened fire, prompting officers to return fire. None of the officers were injured.

The individuals then barricaded themselves in the vehicle, refusing to come out. After about 30 minutes of negotiations, the suspects surrendered and were taken into custody. 

Authorities don't believe the incident was linked to a deliberate and targeted attempt to attack police officers.

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