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Howard County sued by arrested Occupy protesters

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two Occupy protesters are suing sheriff’s officers in Howard County who they say shoved one of them roughly into a wall and arrested them when they entered the county courthouse.

The two Occupy Kokomo demonstrators were arrested in January 2012 after the Howard County sheriff said they violated protest rules inside the courthouse.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court alleges Sheriff Steve Rogers told one of the protesters to remove a dollar bill taped across his mouth. The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana says Rogers and deputies then assaulted that man and arrested both protesters. It says officials violated their Fourth Amendment rights.

Howard County Attorney Larry Murrell tells The Associated Press he hasn’t seen the lawsuit and can’t comment on it.



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