25 sue city, police over G-20 arrests

Bill Vidonic

Some of the more than 100 people arrested during Oakland demonstrations a year ago this week say police pepper-sprayed them for no reason, denied them medical treatment and sexually harassed them.
“When I was getting frisked on the lawn, an officer told me I was going to be his girlfriend,” said Casey Brander, now a senior at Carnegie Mellon University. She claims she spent 20 hours under arrest following protests against the Group of 20 economic summit, part of the time in a dark room in the Allegheny County Jail where she didn’t know the time of day.
“Officers were calling us ‘hot’ and calling us derogatory names,” she said Tuesday. “It was just a really draining experience. I was pretty traumatized by it.”
Twenty-five of those arrested, from college students to a photographer, sued the city, its police department and police officers in federal court yesterday, saying they were unfairly arrested and their civil rights violated.

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