Fairness Campaign files lawsuit against KSP over arrest at State Fair
Members of the Fairness Campaign organization were arrested by Kentucky State Police troopers over a 'silent protest' at the Kentucky State Fair in 2015.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Members of the Fairness Campaign organization have filed a lawsuit against three Kentucky State Police troopers over their arrest at a Kentucky State Fair event last year.
Several members of Fairness Campaign were arrested at the Kentucky State Fair Country Ham Breakfast in August of 2015 while protesting what the group calls unfair policies by the Kentucky Farm Bureau -- the host of the event.
Attorneys Michael Goodwin and Erin Kennedy filed the suit claiming "false arrest, First Amendment free speech violation, First Amendment retaliation, and malicious prosecution."
Officials with Fairness Campaign say director Chris Hartman, Carla Wallace and Sonja de Vries were arrested after "standing silently at their assigned seats" at the event. Hartman was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to disperse, while de Vries and Wallace were charged with failure to disperse.
All charges against the three were dropped, but The Fairness Campaign says they were treated harshly and that "prior to 2015, no individual had ever been excluded from the ham breakfast or arrested at the breakfast based upon their political affiliation or the content of their speech."
Through the lawsuit, the plaintiffs are seeking compensation and punitive damages against Kentucky State Police.
Kentucky State Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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