Portland Protest Leaders Face Massive Civil Lawsuits

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Portland Protest Leaders Face Massive Civil Lawsuits

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Leaders of either of the two factions which are likely to clash today in Portland can face massive civil lawsuits for damages, even if their demonstrations do not turn violent, as many expect them to, notes public interest law professor John Banzhaf.

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If the threat of arrests for protestors who commit crimes which endanger or harm others isn’t enough to deter them from committing criminal trespass, destruction of property, obstruction of traffic, vandalism, and even physical attacks, perhaps it’s time for a new remedy – civil lawsuits by victims of such crimes.

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While such suits have always been possible, and several have been successful, a recent ruling provides new ammunition and encouragement, argues Banzhaf.

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Black Lives Matter organizer who led his