Judge weighs whether to regulate St. Louis police conduct

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ST. LOUIS – A federal judge is hearing from police and St. Louis protesters before deciding whether to grant a request to regulate police conduct.

At issue is a lawsuit that the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed over what it calls “unlawful and unconstitutional action” during the demonstrations that followed the acquittal of a former police officer in the killing of a black man. The ACLU wants a preliminary injunction before the underlying lawsuit is heard.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police on Thursday defended their efforts to disperse crowds as legal and proper. One day earlier, protesters described being beaten and pepper-sprayed.

Overseeing the case is U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry, who has described some of the testimony as “very, very concerning.” The testimony will continue Monday morning.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com