The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Flint and members of its police department over the arrest of four people who spoke out at a public meeting on the beleaguered city’s water system.
The suit filed this morning alleges the city, its police chief, and several officers violated the first amendment and used excessive force when they arrested people who expressed concern over the proceedings of the April 2017 meeting. Part of the issue, the suit says, was that the government-run meeting was being held in a church, and officials wanted would-be attendees to comport with church rules.
Flint Police Chief Tim Johnson told men present to take off their hats, the suit says. He also warned guests: “[D]on’t be in here trying to disrupt this meeting, because if you do I’m going to escort you out and I’m only going to take you to the back door and then you’re going to jail. I’m not going to play with nobody tonight.”
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