Man sues police over tear gas, rubber bullets in SC protest

June 13, 2020 GMT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man who said he was hurt by police firing rubber bullets at tear gas during violent protests in South Carolina’s capital is suing several police agencies.

Patrick Norris said he was part of a group May 31 who marched from the Statehouse to Columbia Police headquarters.

Norris and others stopped at a barricade placed across the street and police started shooting rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators without warning, according to Norris’ lawsuit.

Norris included pictures of three deep, round wounds on his back and legs.


The suit names Columbia Police, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Corrections, which sent a unit that typically deals with prison riots to the May 31 protests.

Norris’ lawyer Marc Brown said he wants to see the police agencies change their policies and use less brutal tactics on protesters. The lawsuit also asks for damages, but doesn’t specify an amount.

The police agencies didn’t respond to the federal lawsuit.