GREENSBORO, N.C. — A North Carolina woman and her son who were pepper-sprayed during protests at last year’s presidential inauguration in Washington have joined a lawsuit against the District of Columbia police department.

The News & Observer reports a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in June was amended Wednesday to add Gwen Frisbie-Fulton, of Greensboro, and her son, who was 10 on Jan. 20, 2016.

The lawsuit accuses officers with the District’s Metropolitan Police Department of corralling protesters into a detention area before arresting them. It also says they failed to give a dispersal order before using pepper spray and flash-bang grenades on demonstrators, violating the District’s First Amendment Assemblies Act.

The amended complaint identified 27 officers accused of unconstitutional behavior.

The newspaper did not report the police response.


Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com