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Appeals Court Sides With Columbus Cop Who Pepper Sprayed Travel Ban Protestor

Aug 28, 2020

A photo of the January 30th, 2017 protest at the Statehouse
Credit Ohio Public Radio

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has ruled a Columbus Police officer is protected by qualified immunity after pepper-spraying a protester in 2017. 

The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by Ellen Abdur-Rahim, who was sprayed by officer Justin Masters while protesting President Trump's travel ban. Her attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio claimed excessive force and violations of her First and Fourth Amendment rights.  The suit was also filed on behalf of two other protestors who were  pepper sprayed at close range, 18-year-old Harrison Kallner, and 18-year-old Connor Lefevers.