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Milwaukee activist Frank Nitty files lawsuit against the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office

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Posted at 2:58 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 15:58:55-04

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee activist Frank Nitty has filed a lawsuit against several Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office employees over his arrest in June where he said was tear-gassed and "targeted" during protests.

In the lawsuit filed Friday, Nitty said several MCSO officers targeted him and other protesters while protesting the death of George Floyd.

According to the lawsuit, on June 1, several officers "severely tear-gassed" Nitty and others. Nitty says that neither he nor the other protesters posed a threat at the time of the tear-gassing.

On June 2, the lawsuit said Nitty was singled out by law enforcement and "attacked by Milwaukee County deputy sheriffs." During the confrontation, the lawsuit says a deputy pointed a firearm at Nitty and charged him, taking him to the ground. According to the lawsuit, Nitty was taken to the hospital for injuries he received during the arrest. No charges were filed in the incident against Nitty.

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Nitty is seeking compensatory and punitive damages from the sheriff's office.

TMJ4 has reached out to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office for a statement but has not heard back.

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