Class Action Lawsuit: Floyd Protests
On June 2, 2020, Katie Rothweiler kneeled on the pavement of Fourth Street, arms raised in surrender, as she and hundreds of marchers around her were being pummeled with chemical munitions by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
“We were just a huge group of people huddled together, trying to protect each other, trying to protect each other from being shot, unable to breathe, unable to find a way out,” she told the Observer a few days later.
Now the marketing agent and UNC Charlotte graduate is at the top of a new class-action lawsuit that accuses CMPD of intentionally driving up to 400 mostly peaceful demonstrators protesting police violence into a violent uptown ambush. Bystander videos of the encounter shocked much of the city and drew immediate condemnation from the mayor and City Council.