The mayor of the US capital, Muriel Bowser, and the police declined to comment on the possible impact of these court decisions on future demonstrations.
As part of the settlement of two lawsuits, Washington authorities agreed to pay more than $1.6 million for the detention of about 200 protesters during the inauguration of former US President Donald Trump in January 2017. The Washington Post reported this on Monday evening.
The plaintiffs, who were also represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), argued that the police violated the constitutional rights of journalists, observers, and protesters by arresting them after vandals rampaged through downtown Washington.
The administration of the metropolitan district, according to court documents, pledged to pay more than $600 thousand to six plaintiffs, whose interests are represented by the ACLU, as well as $1 million in the lawsuit of the other 200 detainees. This group claimed that the law enforcement officers left them without food, water, and access to the toilet for 16 hours.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and police declined to comment on the possible impact of court decisions on future demonstrations. “We have resolved the issue,” the mayor said.