Nick McCan
Courthouse News Service
October 17, 2011

Officers used pepper-spray bullets and clubs to quell a protest against President George W. Bush before his re-election because of an official Secret Service policy to discriminate against dissenters, attorneys told a panel of 9th Circuit judges.

The initial lawsuit stems from an incident in October 2004 where a group of protesters organized a demonstration against Bush about two blocks away from the Jacksonville, Ore., hotel where the president was staying.

Protesters say there was a “similarly sized group of pro-Bush demonstrators” adjacent to the protesters, and that “interactions between the anti-Bush demonstrators and the pro-Bush demonstrators were courteous and even jovial.”

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