Federal Judge Dismisses Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Ferguson Police Officers

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A disappointing outcome for the Ferguson community as they continue to seek justice for the police killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown.

A civil rights lawsuit alleging that Ferguson, Missouri police officers used excessive force while interacting with protestors following the 2014 police shooting of Mike Brown has been dismissed.

In the detailed lawsuit, nine individuals accused Ferguson cops of beating them, forcefully arresting them and shooting them with rubber bullets during the weeks of protesting that consumed the city as the community relentlessly called for justice in the wake of Mike Brown's murder by former police officer Darren Wilson.

Several photos of confrontations between officers and protestors taken during the weeks of unrest following the shooting captured the undeniably tense moments that resulted in a series of physical interactions.

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Despite consistent support of the claims from activists and the NAACP, Judge Henry Autry ruled on Monday that the protestors failed to provide sufficient evidence to support claims of intentional or malicious actions on the part of Ferguson law enforcement, according to NBC News. Judge Autry also granted the officers named in the suit immunity. 

St. Louis NAACP chapter president Adolphus Pruitt expressed the organization's disappointment with the outcome of the case shortly after news of the ruling broke.

"We are disappointed in the end result that plaintiffs' didn't get what they," Pruitt said. Attorney Gregory Lattimer, who represents the protestors involved with the lawsuit, emphasized that the ruling will not bring an end to their pursuit of justice. "This is a battle we will keep fighting," he said. "We will end it in the right way and get justice for these people." 

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