On December 14, 2009, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed an amended lawsuit against the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for allegedly violating protest groups' constitutional rights to free speech. The groups had originally filed suit in September 2009, claiming that police violated their Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful searches and seizures, in addition to their First Amendment rights to expression. The amended complaint included allegations that the protestors Fourteenth Amendment rights had been violated and accused police of "deliberately adopt[ing] a strategy to harass, intimidate, discourage and ultimately prevent the plaintiffs ... from exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly." Both lawsuits originated from protests during the Group of 20 (G-20) Summit held in Pittsburgh during September 24 - 25, 2009.
Learn more about G-20 and the laws governing protests from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on the G-20 protests in Pittsburgh from JURIST Guest Columnist Witold Walczak in Forum.