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Chicago Police Immune From Protesters’ Challenges

Oct. 2, 2012, 4:00 AM

Chicago police officers who arrested two anti-war protesters for disorderly conduct in 2005 are entitled to qualified immunity against the men’s claims for Fourth Amendment false arrest, First Amendment retaliation, a Fourteenth Amendment “class-of-one” equal protection violation, and state law malicious prosecution, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Sept. 18 (Thayer v. Chiczewski, 7th Cir., No. 10-1974).

Both of the plaintiffs, Andy Thayer and Bradford Lyttle, are longtime activists, well-known by the Chicago Police Department, and have been arrested numerous times for protest-related activity. Thayer was one of the organizers of the 2005 protest. ...