A group of Seattle businesses, property owners and residents on Wednesday sued the city over its tolerance for an “occupied” protest zone.
The group said officials were complicit in depriving them of their rights to their property.
The plaintiffs, including a tattoo parlour, car repair garage and property management company, stressed in the lawsuit that they were not trying to undermine the Black Lives Matter message of the “Capitol Hill occupied protest".
“Rather, this lawsuit is about the constitutional and other legal rights of plaintiffs, which have been overrun by the city of Seattle’s unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighbourhood," the lawsuit read.
It said that decision left the area unprotected by police, "unserved by fire and emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public at large".
The Seattle City Attorney’s Office said it had not yet seen the lawsuit but would review it.
After three shootings in the area on consecutive nights starting last weekend, Mayor Jenny Durkan said the city would wind down the protest zone.
Ms Durkan said the city would first encourage protesters to leave voluntarily, and that police would return to the precinct.
But neither she nor police chief Carmen Best gave a specific time for when that would happen.
The governor of Colorado told the state’s top prosecutor on Thursday to reopen the investigation into the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old African American man put into a chokehold by police who stopped him on the street in suburban Denver last year.
Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order directing state Attorney General Phil Weiser to investigate Mr McClain’s death and possibly prosecute the three white officers involved.
McClain’s name has become a rallying cry during the national reckoning over racism and police brutality following the deaths of George Floyd and others.
“Elijah McClain should be alive today, and we owe it to his family to take this step and elevate the pursuit of justice in his name to a statewide concern,” Mr Polis said in a statement.
Police in Aurora received a call about a suspicious person wearing a ski mask and waving his arms as he walked down a street on August 24, 2019. Police say Mr McClain refused to stop walking and fought back when officers confronted him and tried to take him into custody.
One of the officers put him in a chokehold that cuts off blood to the brain, something that has been banned in several places in the wake of Mr Floyd’s death.
According to police body-camera video, McClain tells officers: “Let go of me. I am an introvert. Please respect the boundaries that I am speaking.”
He was kept on the ground for 15 minutes, then paramedics gave him 500 milligrams of a sedative to calm him down. He suffered cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital and was declared brain dead on August 27. He was taken off life support three days later.
A forensic pathologist could not determine what exactly led to his death but said physical exertion during the confrontation likely contributed.
An appeals court has upheld a ruling that a Mississippi police officer was justified when he shot dead a black Louisiana man, who called police after a car crash.
US District Judge Keith Starrett ruled in September that Officer Aaron Jernigan was protecting himself when he shot Marc Davis of LaPlace, Louisiana, in 2017.
On Monday, the Fifth Circuit US Court of Appeals agreed with Mr Starrett's ruling.
Davis, 34, was driving on a Mississippi highway on June 2, 2017, when he was involved in a car crash.
He called police and Mr Jernigan arrived, but an argument developed and Mr Jernigan shot Davis three times. He later died at the hospital.
The officer said Davis physically assaulted him, tried to take his gun and refused orders to stand down.
Yoshanta Albert, mother of Davis's five children, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2018, claiming Mr Jernigan shot Davis unexpectedly and without a warning shot.