The Detroit Police Department is temporarily barred from using certain police tactics against peaceful Black Lives Matters protesters.
U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Michelson granted a two-week restraining order to the group Detroit Will Breathe after it sued — claiming that authorities were using excessive force on demonstrators.
The judge said video evidence and testimony shows "at least some Plaintiffs have a likelihood of success on their claims that the DPD used excessive force against them.”
A representative for Detroit Will Breathe called the decision a "win" but added "the fight continues." Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the restraining order doesn't change anything — claiming his officer have only used force against protesters who resorted to violence.
Under the order, Detroit officers are banned from using tear gas, shields, rubber bullets, batons, chokeholds, pepper spray on protesters, who have demonstrated against police brutality George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis officers in May.