(RNS) — A Catholic social justice activist who was knocked to the ground by police during a protest over racism last year has sued the city of Buffalo, its mayor, the police commissioner and several police officers.

The lawsuit, filed by Martin Gugino on Monday (Feb. 22) in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, alleges Gugino’s constitutional rights to peaceful assembly were violated.

Gugino, who fractured his skull and suffered a brain injury, accuses the city of an “unconstitutional and draconian” curfew that was “selectively enforced against peaceful protesters.” It accuses the city of “unreasonable use of force” to disperse the protesters, a failure to train and supervise officers and a “deliberate indifference” to constitutional rights.

Ten days ago, a grand

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