The city of Racine has settled in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man arrested for openly carrying a gun. Last September police confronted Frank Hannon-Rock about a shots fired call. He refused to give his name and any information while having a holstered weapon. The officers cited him for obstruction; a charge later dropped, then came the lawsuit, with the help of Wisconsin Carry Incorporated, and now, a $10,000 settlement.
Deputy City Attorney Scott Lettiny explained to the Racine Council’s Finance Committee that the settlement is “not a finding that the city violated anybody’s rights.” Lettiny said the settlement actually came out of a strategy move, based on the rules of federal civil litigation, designed to limit the city’s liability.
Deputy City Atty Lettiny (:24)
Nik Clark, Chairman of Wisconsin Carry Incorporated, called this a precedent setting case for other municipalities “whose police officers operate outside their legal authority and unlawfully detain, arrest & seize the property of law- abiding open carriers.”
The lawsuit also targeted the governor & the Gun Free Zone Act.
Contributed by Tom Karkow-WRJN