A San Francisco judge has sided with the city in a lawsuit alleging that the San Francisco Police Department illegally spied on protesters in Union Square.
Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer issued his ruling February 9 granting the city's motion for summary judgment. As the Bay Area Reporter previously reported, both sides motioned for summary judgment in the case of Williams v.
San Francisco and made their arguments on January 21 and February 1. In the case, lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union alleged that police conducted mass surveillance on the Black Lives Matter protests that erupted in late spring 2020 by commandeering private security cameras in the Union Square area.The plaintiffs in the suit were protesting the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.