Alabama pastor who was arrested while watering his neighbor's flowers files lawsuit against police, city: 'Wrong is wrong'

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Pastor Michael Jennings sits in a police car while in handcuffs.
Pastor Michael Jennings was placed in a police car while officers continued to question him.The Law Offices of Harry M. Daniels LLC
  • The Black Alabama pastor who was arrested while watering his neighbor's flowers filed a lawsuit on Friday.

  • The federal lawsuit is against the city of Childersburg and the police, per reports.

  • The lawsuit says that he suffered emotional distress following the arrest.

Michael Jennings, the Alabama pastor who was arrested while watering his neighbor's flowers, filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against multiple local police officers and the city of Childersburg, according to multiple reports.

The lawsuit viewed by NPR and The Associated Press claims that Jennings suffered from "PTSD-type symptoms" from the arrest. He's seeking a jury trial and an unspecified compensation, including money to pay off attorney-related fees.

NBC News reported that Jennings called his arrest "unlawful" and it violated his Fourth Amendment rights, per court records. Officers Christopher Smith, Justin Gable and Jeremy Brooks are named in the suit along with the city, the outlet reported.

Jennings was arrested in May while watering his neighbor's flowers while they were out of town when he was approached and eventually handcuffed by Childersburg police, who were responding to a report of a suspicious person.

Per body camera footage recently released, Jennings refused to give officers identification because he wasn't committing a crime, as Insider previously reported.

"For this to happen to him, somebody who went their whole life trying to do right and help others … for this to happen to him, it hurt him deeply," Harry Daniels, a lawyer representing the pastor, told Insider's Katie Anthony.

He was charged with obstruction of government operations, but it was later dismissed, according to police.

Jennings' attorneys, along with the Alabama NAACP, held a press conference on Saturday to speak about the ongoing litigation. The pastor detailed the humiliation he and his wife faced from the incident.

 

"I'm here today for there to be some accountability. I'm not here for revenge. I'm here for accountability and for justice," Jennings said. "Wrong is wrong. No matter what your race, color, or creed."

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