- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A Long Island college student who claims he was falsely arrested for hanging protests signs from a Long Island Expressway overpass has filed a lawsuit against Nassau County.

Daniel Martins says in a lawsuit filed Wednesday his First Amendment rights were violated when he was arrested in June 2014.

The 21-year-old claims he was hanging signs and flags from the overpass when he was arrested on disorderly conduct and criminal nuisance charges.

Martins, who says he is a member of Hofstra University’s Libertarian Club, claims he was expressing his free speech rights in urging President Barack Obama’s impeachment.

He says the charges were dismissed in December 2014.



His lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

A spokesman for Nassau County declined to comment, citing pending litigation.

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