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Kerry Pittenger, left, and Husacar Benoit, right, are protestors that claim the NYPD, without warning or provocation, beat them over the head with batons leaving them bloodied and without medical attention. Photos courtesy of court filing.

New York Attorney General Letitia James launched a lawsuit Thursday over the New York City Police Department’s response to racial-justice protests in the summer of 2020, saying police used brutal force against peaceful protesters.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, outlined moments of alleged police violence and featured graphic photos of injured protesters with bloodied faces.

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Ryan Tarinelli

Ryan Tarinelli is a reporter at the New York Law Journal. He is based at the New York State Capitol in Albany, New York. He can be reached through email at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter: @ryantarinelli.

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