Protesters ask federal courts to curb police

WASHINGTON (AP) – Protesters upset over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer are asking a federal judge to step in and curb the police.

A temporary restraining order request was filed Wednesday federal court in Missouri, naming the St. Louis city and county police chiefs, and a Missouri Highway Patrol captain.

People have been protesting police brutality since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Some protests have been violent, but many have been peaceful.

Demonstrators say police responded with actions “designed to frighten and intimidate plaintiffs and to deter their continued exercise of First Amendment rights.” They say police refused to wear visible identification, assaulted them with tear gas and pepper spray, and unjustifiably rounded up demonstrators in mass arrests.

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