Attorneys Defending Detroit Police in Brutality Lawsuits Withdraw From Cases

 city of Detroit against three federal lawsuits that allege police used excessive force to break up protests last summer
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The law firm defending the city of Detroit against three federal lawsuits that allege police used excessive force to break up protests last summer has withdrawn from the cases, according to a court filing on Tuesday.

Attorneys with Detroit-based Clark Hill were forced to drop out of the cases after Detroit City Council earlier this month rejected a request from Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration to spend more tax dollars on outside attorneys to defend the city. Without outside attorneys, the city will have to defend the lawsuit using in-house attorneys.

The city has already spent several hundred thousand dollars on the cases with little to show for it. In September 2020, U.S. District Judge Laurie J. Michelson denied the city’s request to lift a temporary restraining order that restricted police forming batons, shields, tear gas, rubber bullets, chokeholds, and other tactics against peaceful protesters.

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