Group sues CMPD over use of force during protests

A group of Charlotte residents have filed a federal lawsuit against the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police over the department’s use of force during protests after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer.

Seven residents are asking a judge to issue a temporary restraining order that would prevent CMPD from using force against non-violent protesters.

The lawsuit calls into question the use of tear gas, smoke bombs and intimidation during what residents are calling nonviolent protests in the city.

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The filing occurred after CMPD officials failed to respond to a letter sent Tuesday requesting the police to voluntarily commit to not using force against nonviolent protesters in future Charlotte protests.