ACLU filing class action lawsuit for Secret Service actions during Bush campaign in 2004

, Posted: Wed, March 12 2014 at 11:49 PM, Updated: Wed, March 12 2014 at 11:55 PM

Ashland, Ore. -- The ACLU visited Southern Oregon University to talk about a local free speech class action lawsuit that's headed to the Supreme Court.

Back in 2004 when President George W. Bush visited Jacksonville to campaign for his re-election police officers and Secret Service agents allegedly used riot control methods on protesters outside the Jacksonville Inn.

Protesters say the agents and officers assaulted them but allowed Bush supporters to stay standing near the President.

The ACLU Foundation of Oregon filed the federal lawsuit.

It will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26th.

The justices will consider whether or not to release the federal government from the lawsuit.

Local and state law enforcement agencies are also named in the lawsuit.

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