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Topic created by Martha
on Mon, 15 May 2006 at 17:03
Martha, Mon, 15 May 2006 at 17:03
Suit claims police arrested man because he is gay.Defendant says he was targeted, beaten in 2005 drug sting
By KATE HOWARD
A gay man who claimed he was targeted and wrongfully arrested by Metro police because of his sexual orientation has filed suit against several Metro officers.
In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, the defendant known as "John Doe" said that he was not even carrying the drugs he was asked to bring when he arrived at a town house to meet a man for sex.
He thought he had gone to the wrong door when he saw several men inside and tried to leave, but undercover officers beat him, according to the suit. When he still tried to leave, Officer Steve Brady shocked him with a Taser gun at least three times and handcuffed him, the suit said.
The man believes he was singled out by Metro police officers, who gathered their intelligence for the drug stings through an informant who had a profile on Gay.com personals Web site. No similar stings had been conducted on heterosexual men, according to the suit.
On May 6, 2005, the man arranged a meeting with the police informant, who asked him to bring "Amsterdam amyl," a drug labeled as containing alkyl nitrite. According to police, the man brought a similar liquid substance known as butyl nitrite. He was still charged with distribution of a counterfeit controlled substance, evading arrest and resisting arrest, the lawsuit said.
In addition to the arresting officers, the man named Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas in the suit, alleging that Serpas had publicly disclosed confidential information about his record. Serpas said at a community meeting that the plaintiff had been arrested before, but he actually had two misdemeanor citations that had been expunged from his record and shouldn't have been public, said his attorney, John Herbison. Herbison's client believes Serpas retaliated against him because he spoke with a Nashville Scene reporter about his arrest. The plaintiff's name was not included in the suit because of i
Martha, Mon, 15 May 2006 at 17:06
of its personal nature.
The original charges against the man had been dismissed, but a grand jury indicted him in January on charges of possessing a Schedule VII controlled substance with intent to deliver, resisting arrest and evading arrest, Herbison said. Those charges are pending.
The man is seeking a jury trial and compensatory and punitive damages. A spokesman for Metro police and another for the Metro Legal Department could not be reached last night for comment. •
Anonymous, Tue, 16 May 2006 at 21:01
nasty business, what? One would think that the policemen in Nashers had better things to do with their time than lurk about on gay chat boards!
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