OKC activist files federal civil rights lawsuit against OK County DA Prater

OKC activist files federal civil rights lawsuit against OK County DA Prater

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OKLAHOMA CITY (Free Press) — An Oklahoma Metropolis activist with a historical past of protest organizing even earlier than the Might 30 George Floyd protests in OKC filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday in opposition to Oklahoma County District Lawyer David Prater.

The motion is introduced by Jess Eddy and stems from his arrest August 12, 2020, within the public assembly room on the Oklahoma County Courthouse Annex throughout a Board of County Commissioners assembly.

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Prater, Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III, the Board of County Commissioners for Oklahoma County, and two Sheriff’s deputies, Jim Anderson and David Brown as defendants.

Eddy had been arrested on an earlier date and charged by Prater for protests on Might 30 and following leading to his reporting to the Oklahoma County Jail July 29 together with activist Mark Faulk.

Within the swimsuit Eddy argues that Prater had him arrested on August 12 due to animosity over earlier statements vital of Prater and arrests for protesting.

Civil rights violations

Eddy claims within the swimsuit that his civil rights had been violated by the arrest and thus applicable for federal courtroom.

The First Modification to the U.S. Structure states: “Congress shall make no legislation respecting an institution of faith, or prohibiting the free train thereof; or abridging the liberty of speech, or of the press; or the precise of the folks peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Authorities for a redress of grievances.”

Eddy claims that his First Modification rights had been violated by the arrest in the course of the assembly saying that Prater had no possible trigger to have him arrested as a result of he “didn’t commit a felony act.”

The case states, “Plaintiff [Eddy] was faraway from a public assembly in retaliation for his protected speech, political associations and out of Defendant Prater’s animus for him, inflicting him emotional and bodily ache and struggling and deprivation of his First Modification proper to be current and make public speech in a public discussion board.”

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Oklahoma County District Lawyer David Prater responds to questions from the press after his win in courtroom Nov. 30, 2020 in opposition to Oklahoma County Commissioner Kevin Calvey. (BRETT DICKERSON/Okla Metropolis Free Press)

Eddy additionally claims that his Fourth Modification rights had been violated by his arrest.

The Fourth Modification states: “The proper of the folks to be safe of their individuals, homes, papers, and results, in opposition to unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall subject, however upon possible trigger, supported by Oath or affirmation, and notably describing the place to be searched, and the individuals or issues to be seized.”

Within the lawsuit, Eddy claims that by the arrest within the assembly he was “unlawfully, unjustifiably, and unreasonably seized” by the Sheriff’s deputies and that neither Sheriff Johnson nor the Board of County Commissioners intervened to cease the motion.

One other Fourth Modification violation claimed within the swimsuit is of “false arrest/imprisonment” because of the arrest.

Different claims

Eddy claims in his swimsuit that he was the sufferer of “insufficient supervision and coaching.”

The swimsuit states, “However for the insufficient supervision by Defendants Sheriff and Board of Deputies Anderson and Brown, Plaintiff wouldn’t have suffered deprivation of his First and Fourth Modification rights.”

Eddy additionally claims three different violations below each Oklahoma legislation and U.S. legislation:

  • Abuse of course of
  • Malicious prosecution
  • Intentional infliction of emotional misery

He’s asking the courtroom for “precise, emotional and bodily damages” in extra of $75,000 sustained within the motion and for extra punitive damages.

After we contacted Prater for a response to this lawsuit, he mentioned, “My response can be contained in authorized filings and courtroom proceedings.”


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