- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) - A Westminster man says he was arrested in retaliation for speaking about police abuses during a city council meeting.

In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, Eric Brandt says Mayor Herb Atchison interrupted him and had him thrown out of the August meeting. He says he was jailed and charged with obstruction and resisting arrest. The charges were later dismissed.

The lawsuit says the mayor’s actions were an effort to silence a vocal critic, and the arrest violated Brandt’s free speech and other rights. A city spokesman says Brandt was allowed to finish his comments at a later meeting.

Brandt says he has had problems with police officers, partly because he carries a large, handmade sign with an explicit message aimed at them. He says police abuse is of public concern.

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