Judge throws out lawsuit over arrest at Kansas City library

February 11, 2020 - 7:10 pm

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit against a former Kansas City police detective who arrested a man during an event at the Kansas City library. 

Chief judge Beth Phillips ruled the former detective, Brent Parsons, had probable cause to arrest Jeremy Rothe-Kushel, of Lawrence, Kansas, at the library in 2016. 
Rothe-Kushel contended in the lawsuit that his free speech rights were violated when he was arrested while questioning a speaker, diplomat Dennis Ross. A library employee also was arrested. 

The judge ruled Rothe-Kushel had a right to ask Ross questions but not to deprive others of asking their questions.

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