- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys have reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit filed by a man who claimed that Hopewell police violated his rights when they took him into custody for carrying guns while displaying an “Impeach Obama” sign on a highway overpass.

Officials with the Rutherford Institute, a Charlottesville-based civil liberties group that represented Brandon Howard, said Friday that the settlement includes an apology by former Hopewell police sergeant John Hunter.

Howard claimed that his 90-minute detention in August 2013 violated his free-speech rights, as well as his rights to bear arms and to be free of unreasonable search and seizure.

Howard carried an AR-15 rifle and a .380-caliber pistol during his protest. He was released without charges after being detained.

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