A protester’s nose was ripped off after being shot in the face by armed police.
Elise Poole was hit in the face with a pepper bullet at a Black Lives Matter protest last year, causing horrifying injuries.
Ms Poole was at a George Floyd protest in Nebraska last May when police shot her in the face.
She required emergency surgery at a local hospital after the rubber bullet “severed her nose from her face.”
The Lincoln native is now suing Lincoln Police over claims the force used “indiscriminate and excessive force” against her and others.
The lawsuit has been filed on her behalf by American Civil Liverties Union.
In pictures included in the lawsuit, Ms Poole’s face can be seen covered in blood with her nose wrapped in bandages.
ACLU lawyers said: “The traumatic injury required emergency reconstructive surgery.”
On May 31 last year, Ms Poole was hit by the rubber bullet along with tear gas just six days after the killing of George Floyd, reports LadBible.
Adam Sipple who works at the ACLU’s Nebraska Legal Division told WOWT: “Officers traumatized Elise and every other peaceful protester at that scene in an outrageous violation of their rights.
“It was never justified, and it was never acceptable. We brought this lawsuit because we share Elise’s conviction that we need to make sure this never happens again.
“There’s no way for this community to move forward toward justice without accountability.”
The brutal killing of George Floyd was carried out by a Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for several minutes.
A video of the horrific death went viral, causing worldwide protests to condemn police brutality against black people.
Former police officer Derek Chauvin charged with killing George Floyd was released from jail after posting a ‘non-cash’ bond in October 2020.
Chauvin is the only Minneapolis cop charged with Mr Floyd’s death, the ex-policeman walked free after posting a non-cash $1million (£775,000) bond signed by A-Affordable Bail Bonds, Inc, court records show.