Monday, May 18, 2015

National Lawyer Guild Frustrated By City's 'Peacekeeper' Regalia

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 4:08 PM

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Last week, city officials announced that trained peacekeeping leaders will be on the streets whenever the Brelo verdict or the results of the Tamir Rice investigation hit streets (i.e. when the likelihood of civil unrest spikes). Those pacifying forces will be signified by lime-green lanyards. 

The Ohio chapter of the National Lawyer Guild is concerned, though, because their own legal observers will be out among the inevitable protests and clad in lime-green gear, as well. The NLG's Legal Observer program is part of a legal support system aimed at protecting individuals' rights to political expression. 

"The NLG reiterates that its role is entirely distinct from that of the City's volunteers and Marshals and is in no way connected to the City's rapid response strategy," the organization writes. Furthermore, the NLG warns that peacekeeping volunteers are "potentially agents of the [Cleveland Police Department] and the City of Cleveland." 

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