Denver police ordered to stop using less-than-lethal force against protesters

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FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators face off with police in riot gear near the Capitol building, to protest Monday’s killing of African-American man George Floyd in Minneapolis by a white police officer, in Denver, Colorado, U.S., May 28, 2020 in this image obtained from social media. Courtesy of Madison Lauterbach/Ms. Mayhem Magazine/@MsMayhem_Mag via REUTERS

DENVER (Reuters) – A United States 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 in the city.

The temporary injunction is in response to a local lawsuit filed on Thursday in the Denver District Court by protesters complaining about excessive force used by officers during public demonstrations following the death of an unarmed black man in police custody in Minneapolis last month.

The death of Houston native George Floyd during his arrest for a non-violent offense has touched off national protests against the use of force by police.

Video of Floyd’s arrest show an officer holding his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost 9 minutes.

Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver; Writing by Rich McKay; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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