Man to file first lawsuit following RNC


The Anti-War Committee is announcing a lawsuit regarding police violence during the Republican National Convention at a press conference in front of St. Paul City Hall, according to a press release.

Mick Kelly, who carried the lead banner in an anti-war march on the final day of the RNC, will seek $250,000 in damages from Ramsey County and the cities of St. Paul, Minneapolis and Bloomington.

During the march to the Xcel Energy Center, Kelly was injured from being hit by a “high velocity marking projectile,” and police tore the banner from the pole he was carrying.

“This lawsuit is about obtaining a measure of justice for those who had their rights trampled on,” representing attorney Ted Dooley said in the release.

Dooley and two other members of the National Lawyers Guild will help Kelly file the suit.

The RNC was not Kelly’s first run-in with the law. He has another law suit pending against the city of St. Paul, after he was arrested on June 5 for passing out leaflets outside a Barack Obama rally promoting an anti-war protest.