Man Says Rights Violated When Police Seized His Guns

Man Says Rights Violated When Police Seized His Guns

The city has until June 7 to respond to a complaint filed by a city man who claims his constitutional rights were violated when two police officers ordered him to the ground outside a Walgreens and seized two guns he was carrying.

Matthew Butcher's complaint names as defendants the city of Cuyahoga Falls, Mayor Don L. Robart, the city of Cuyahoga Falls Police Department, former Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief John Conley, Officer/Patrolman James McGowan, Officer/Patrolman Brian Anders and three other officers whose names were not in the complaint.

In the complaint, Butcher claims his rights were violated under the First, Second and Fourth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as well as the Ohio Constitution, Ohio Revised Code and common law.

He alleges he was the victim of “false imprisonment,” “assault” and “battery;” and he was in “fear of being subjected to deadly force, by having a loaded firearm pointed at him” by a police officer. He is seeking $25,000 in damages. Read more


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