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Lawsuits Claim Election Night Hate Crimes By Police

[media id=6786] Several lawsuits have alleged that Chicago police abused Chicago citizens as they celebrated the win of Barack Obama. CBS' Chicago a

Several lawsuits have alleged that Chicago police abused Chicago citizens as they celebrated the win of Barack Obama.

CBS' Chicago affiliate reported:

Two more women are suing Chicago Police for hate crimes and battery after officers allegedly sprayed pepper spray on the women and their children and barged into their West Side home as they celebrated Barack Obama's Election Night victory.

Her family was standing outside their home in the 3400 block of West Chicago Avenue cheering and celebrating Obama's victory when police squad cars drove down the street and one or more officers hung out the window and discharged pepper spray at the crowd, the suit said.

After some words were exchanged, officers exited their vehicles with guns drawn and kicked open the door to the Arnold family home, according to the suit.

The officers allegedly knocked some of the family members to the ground and made racial comments, the suit said.

Note: Portions of the original recording contains choppy audio.

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