CHEYENNE, Wyo. - An anti-abortion protester has sued the town of Jackson, Wyoming, saying it violated his rights when police arrested him as he was preaching on the town square in 2011.
Mark Holick, a pastor with Wichita-based Spirit One Christian Center, filed suit in federal court in Cheyenne against the town and two town police officers on Thursday. Holick and Spirit One are seeking damages, alleging that the arrest violated their civil rights.
The town of Jackson had secured a state court order barring anti-abortion protesters from appearing on the town square in 2011. The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled last year that the order violated the rights of protesters, who weren't alerted in advance that the town had requested it.
The protesters had targeted Jackson because a doctor there has acknowledged performing abortions.