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Baltimore Officers Being Sued by Vegetarians

May 27, 2014  | 

Photo: Baltimore PD Facebook
Photo: Baltimore PD Facebook

Vegetarian activists have sued in federal court two Baltimore police officers who forced them to stop leafleting at the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore.

A former Baltimore teacher and three other vegetarian activists filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court over events that took place in May 2011. The lawsuit, which does not name the city nor the Police Department, alleges the officers violated their constitutional rights.

One of the plaintiffs said he and six others were passing out more than 1,000 pro-vegetarian leaflets in downtown Baltimore, near the Barnes & Noble bookstore and the National Aquarium, among other locations, when police officers ordered them to leave the area.

A plaintiff's attorney told the Baltimore Sun that his clients had no issue with city policies and therefore chose to sue the officers individually. In such cases, the city represents the officers in court and covers paying any judgments for on-duty issues.

Comments (3)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 5/27/2014 2:26 PM

I hope the officers counter sue each person individually. Fair is fair.

crispianranger @ 5/27/2014 6:37 PM

How ridiculous? Sueing cops for doing their duty. And even more ridiculous - being allowed to do it.....

Jim B. @ 5/28/2014 7:38 AM

OK, I guess I'm a little confused. I read the associated article but I'm still trying to figure out, why did the cops stop them from handing out leaflets in the first place? Is it disputed that they did? The article doesn't really say why the cops made them stop, just that they were handing out leaflets and were made to stop. Were they violating some ordinance? Were they on private property and trespassing?

I'm not saying whether the actions of the cops were right or wrong. I don't really have enough info to make a determination.

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