Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome is part of a movement known for its protests against systemic and unchecked police brutality of black folk. And, unfortunately, Newsome says he has his own personal experience with it.
According to the New York Daily News, Newsome intends to sue New York City for how NYPD treated him while he was under arrest. He was protesting the administration’s immigration bans in Washington Square Park in February.
“This is about accountability,” Newsome, president of the Greater New York chapter of Black Lives Matter explained.
“I am bringing this lawsuit to demonstrate, when one is wronged in our society — even by police — that we have the right to damages for what happened to us,” Newsome, 40, said.
His attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, said the lawsuit, expected to be filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court, “shines a spotlight” on protesters exercising their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech.
He says he was violently slammed against ice and concrete by NYPD. When speaking to reporters outside the Brooklyn Supreme Court, he said he could have died from his injuries.
The lawsuit is expected to be filed on Monday.
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