Naked man playing his violin, naked on the street, sued the police department for being arrested for indecent exposure.
A man from Oregon, claimed that last year, the police has violated his citizen rights,when they arrested him in front of the federal courthouse in Portland, because he was playing his violin with no clothes on. The man has decided to sue the police department and other officials for $1.1. million.
According to the lawsuit declarations, Matthew Mglej, of 25 years old, stated that the police officers have used excessive force, that they have detained him illegally, and violated his constitutional rights, when they arrested him during his demonstration of free expressivity from last May.
Mglej, living in the suburb of Hillsboro from Portland, said that police officials had dragged him naked on concrete, in order to put him in the police car and they had dropped him several times. He claimed that the handcuffs had cut his wrists and at the station he wasn’t allowed to contact a lawyer.
Representatives of the Portland city attorney haven’t given yet any opinions, because they haven’t yet been served the lawsuit. Police and officials of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, from Portland have also refused to give any comments.
The police went after Mglej’s demonstration in which he played his violin completely naked and was making freedom signs, after they had received a large number of complaints.
Police statements from that time, have said that Mglej had been warned about getting arrested if he wouldn’t put an end to his naked expression. Eventually he had been apprehended for contravening with Portland’s city regulations, which forbids naked exposure. They explained that the man refused to cooperate and police officers had to carry him to the vehicle. The lawsuit mentioned that Mglej announced officers that it was his right to demonstrate and allegedly people were cheering for him and taking pictures.
Mglej, said that the arrest put him trough psychologiocal trauma, especially because he had been separated from his special service dog, Belle, who was trained to help him with his disorder of Post Traumatic Stress.
Matthew Mglej hasn’t made any declarations regarding the indecent exposure arrest and next month has his first court hearing.
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