A judge has just delivered some bad news to the petulant hooligans and racial grievance mongers who nearly destroyed their own city of Ferguson, Missouri, after the officer-involved shooting death of Michael Brown in 2014.
The rioters were denied the $41.5 million judgment they had sought against police officials in St. Louis County and the city of Ferguson, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
They maintained that the police had used excessive force against them. Unfortunately for them, but thankfully for those Americans who love law and order, U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey disagreed.
“Plaintiffs have completely failed to present any credible evidence that any of the actions taken by these individuals were taken with malice or were committed in bad faith,” he wrote.
“The record is clear that at the time of the events detailed herein, the atmosphere surrounding the arrests was extremely intense and had turned violent,” he continued. “Participants in what had turned from a peaceful assembly to unlawful assembly were advised to disperse.”
But instead of complying, the rioters chose to stir up more trouble, and for that they paid a much-deserved price of being pepper-sprayed, fired upon with rubber-coated bullets and, of course, arrested. Tough luck, kids.
Speaking with reporters after Judge Autrey made his ruling, one of the attorneys for the rioters hinted that they planned to file an appeal.
“It’s unfortunate that the Constitution has such a rough time in Missouri, but I think that the court of appeals will look at this and make a determination that … the judge’s refusal to allow these cases to go forward was not consistent with applicable law,” Gregory Lattimer said.
If the U.S. Court of Appeals has any sense, it will dismiss the case immediately. These rioters made their own beds and should be forced to lie in them.