September 28, 2022

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Black pastor sues police for arrest after watering flowers

Michael Jennings, a black pastor, is suing three white police officers in the US city of Childersburg after they were arrested for watering flowers from a neighbor in Childersburg. According to the Associated Press, the religious leader also sued the municipality.

In the lawsuit, Jennings alleges that the episode, which took place in May of this year, violated her constitutional rights and caused a series of problems, including emotional distress. concern.

“I’m here to give an account, I’m here to do justice,” the 56-year-old pastor told a press conference with lawyers yesterday.

Jennings’ defense alleges that the actions of Officers Christopher Smith and Justin Gable, Sergeant Jeremy Brooks and the city were unlawful arrests and violations of rights guaranteed to freedom of expression. The pastor cited several persistent problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder and humiliation.

Another neighbor called the police

According to the Associated Press, Michael Jennings was arrested after a white neighbor called police to say there was a “young black man” and a model car. SUV While Gold was in a home the owners — who were friends with Jennings and asked him to keep an eye on their home — were out.

The man identified himself as “Pastor Jennings” but refused to provide identification to officers, who arrested him on charges of obstructing government operations after a 20-minute standoff.

A charge sheet formalized by the pastor in the municipal council was filed within days at the request of the then police chief.