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Associated Press, Published January 13 2012

Appeals court rules against GOP convention lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 32 people who say their constitutional rights were violated when they were arrested during a protest outside the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Their class action lawsuit named the City of St. Paul and six police officers. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson dismissed the case in 2010.

On Friday, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled against the plaintiffs. It says police acted reasonably when they detained around 400 people in a park during a protest on the opening day of the convention, releasing half of them and booking about 160.

More than 800 people were arrested during the four-day convention. The vast majority had their cases dismissed or were never charged.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.