Sunday, March 20, 2011

Man who stripped at airport in protest sues

A man who was arrested after stripping to his shorts at a Richmond International Airport checkpoint to protest security procedures filed a lawsuit Thursday against federal and airport authorities.

Aaron Tobey of Charlottesville filed the complaint in U.S. District Court, alleging agents of the Transportation Security Administration and the Richmond airport police violated his constitutional rights.

Tobey, a 21-year-old student at the University of Cincinnati, partially disrobed Dec. 30 to display a message scrawled on his chest about the Constitution's Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Tobey was detained and charged with disorderly conduct, but the charge was later dropped.

The Rutherford Institute, a Charlottesville-based civil liberties group, filed the lawsuit on Tobey's behalf.

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