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Seven Charlotteans are suing the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department over officers use of tear gas during the September riots after the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, according the Charlotte Observer. The plaintiffs filed the petition in federal court.

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The plaintiffs want the court to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent police from using force against non-violent protestors, according to the Observer article.

Text :: Want the latest news and gossip at your fingertips? Text NC to 71007 to join our text club!The plaintiffs include leaders of Ashley Williams, an organizer of Charlotte Uprising.

“I never thought the police would attack civilians like this,” Williams, said Friday night in a statement announcing the lawsuit the Observer reported. “Rubber bullets, batons, smoke bombs, flashbangs — we’ve seen it all…”

The Observer also reported that the protest cost taxpayers $4.6 million, mostly in police overtime. That includes $122,000 in property damage to city-owned buildings such as the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Convention Center, along with police equipment and vehicles. The Charlotte Area Transit System had $26,000 in property damage.