An advocacy group has filed a lawsuit alleging that police broke protocol by working with a far-right organisation. Federal prosecutors and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, DC, colluded with far-right groups in cases against anti-Trump protesters, a recently filed lawsuit alleges. Filed by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) last week, the lawsuit against DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Karl Racine in the US Attorney’s office seeks information about the relationship between the prosecutors and police and right-wing political groups. “The police here are really serving the political goals of these far-right organisations,” Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director and constitutional rights lawyer at PCJF, told Al Jazeera. “We are seeing a pattern of this taking place around the country,” she said. “While there have always been members of police departments who have acted out in abusive and racist behaviour against the civilian population, we’re now seeing it at an institutional level.” The lawsuit refers to prosecutors’ introduction of “doctored” video into evidence during the trial of six defendants who were facing decades behind bars for their alleged participation in a rally against President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Those defendants were found not guilty in December 2017, but there was widespread criticism of the evidence provided by Project Veritas, a right-wing NGO known for targeting leftists and anti-fascists. The defendants were part of a group of more than 230 people who were arrested and charged with a slew of felonies owing to their alleged participation in the rally. Last month, the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, dropped charges against 129 of the 188 people who were still on trial, saying that it intended to focus on charges against 59 defendants instead. ‘Completely discredited’ “To date, despite multiple inquiries, the DC MPD is withholding and refusing to make public information that would shed light on the nature and extent of the relationship between the DC MPD, its officers, and private political non-governmental entities from whom it accepts information to be used against those entities’ political opponents,” the lawsuit states.
via al jazeera: Lawsuit accuses DC police of collusion with far right