Protester is filing first RNC related lawsuit
A protester's attorneys started filing a federal suit Friday claiming he had received unjust injuries from police stemming from a Sept. 4 Republican National Convention protest.
Mick Kelly, a 51-year-old Minneapolis resident, plans on suing the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington and Ramsey County as a result of injuries sustained at an RNC protest, the Pioneer Press reported.
According to the notice on intent to file a lawsuit sent to the defendants, Kelly claims he was peacefully protesting on the blocks of Cedar and 12th streets when police started ripping signs from hands. Kelly alleges no warning was given.
The notice claims that when Kelly refused to let go of his sign, an officer hit him with a projectile from a close range.
One of Kelly's lawyers, Tom Dooley, said Kelly sustained a large bruise on one of his sides with no permanent damage, the Star Tribune reported. Kelly also alleges he was wrongfully arrested at the scene.
Kelly is suing all of the cities who had officers represented at the protest for $250,000 in damages.
St. Paul City Attorney John Choi will be reviewing the notice. "We have full faith in the civil justice system and we are confident that all of the facts will support our belief that the police acted appropriately in this case," Choi said.
This lawsuit is expected to be the first of many RNC related suits.