Kansas man sues over his arrest during Missouri library Q&A

Says free speech rights were violated

April 27, 2018 - 8:03 pm

A Kansas man alleges in a lawsuit that his free speech rights were violated when he was arrested while asking challenging questions about Israel during a public forum at a Kansas City, Missouri, library.

The Kansas City Star reports that Jeremy Rothe-Kushel, 39, filed the suit Thursday in federal court in Kansas City. He was arrested in May 2016 during the question-and-answer segment of a talk by Middle East expert and diplomat Dennis Ross. A librarian also was arrested while trying to intervene and acquitted last year of several municipal charges.

Defendants include police employees and the event's co-sponsors. A police spokeswoman says the department won't comment on ongoing litigation.

Rothe-Kushel's attorney, Arthur Benson, said in in an email that his client has always been a peaceful critic of Israel.

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