Protester files lawsuit against Lexington Police officers
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man who was arrested during a protest in Lexington last summer is suing two Lexington Police officers, claiming civil rights violations.
James Woodhead was one of five people arrested during a Black Lives Matter protest last July.
Woodhead was arrested by officers Zakary Ridener and Keith McKinney, charging him with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and inciting a riot. Those charges are set for trial later this summer.
The lawsuit alleges the officers used excessive force, grabbing his chest and shoulders and pushing him to the ground.
He claims police targeted him because he was writing a phone number to call on protesters’ arms if they got arrested and encouraging protesters. Police said at the time he was inciting other protesters to violate police orders.
Woodhead is seeking $6 million in damages from the officers.
The officers have not file responses to the lawsuit which was filed Friday.