RNC protester files federal lawsuit
The Star Tribune reported Friday that attorneys for one of the leaders of war protests at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul is filing a federal lawsuit alleging he was hit at close range by a projectile fired by police during a demonstration Sept. 4.
According to attorney Tom Dooley, Mick Kelly, 51, of Minneapolis, sustained a large bruise on his stomach and was falsely arrested just after the incident at a sit-in at the corner of 12th Street and Cedar Avenue. No permanent injuries were listed as part of the allegations.
Dooley told the Star Tribune that a notice of claim outlining the allegations was given to news media and mailed on Friday to the defendants: the cities of St. Paul, Minneapolis and Bloomington and the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office. All of the defendants had officers at the scene of the alleged firing of the projectile and arrest.
In response to the allegations, St. Paul attorney John Choi said, "We are confident that all of the facts will support our police, that the police acted appropriately in this case."