Nicollette Jones has been organizing and attending demonstrations in Sacramento since 2011. Last summer was the first time she felt it was necessary to wear goggles and a helmet, occasionally adding a bulletproof vest.
“The way Sac PD police the protests cause my city to feel like a war zone,” she said during a press conference this month.
Jones is one of six people suing the city of Sacramento, its police department and former chief Daniel Hahn in a civil rights action with the stated goal to “vindicate the rights of Californians protesting against racism, white supremacy and police violence in Sacramento.”
The suit alleges that the department’s policies and practices have violated the rights of the plaintiffs and other Sacramento protesters, “chilling” their right to assemble and protest while using excessive force.
The suit also claims the city handles pro-Trump protests, such as the “Stop the Steal” rallies after the 2020 election, differently than racial justice protests the city experiences after the police killing of George Floyd.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center and Wilson, Sonsini, Goo
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