Sorry, but that is the COVER story.
Protesters EXPECTED to get arrested. That’s what happens when you do a peaceful civil protest. Show me the statute that provides for nonviolent protest being grounds for a civil suit, and I’ll kiss your ass. Show me the statute that provides authority to deport protesters who are US citizens, and I’ll kiss your ass after giving you two hours to draw a crowd of spectators.
Or alternatively, DON’T show me the statutes and YOU can kiss MY ass while you retire from my thread.
Meanwhile, you’re free to address the question I raised in the OP, namely whether or not the hooding and ear muffing of a couple of elderly protesters constituted an excessive use of force by police.