Madison Talk Host Sues Police Over Detaining, Ticketing At Protest
April 1, 2014 at 4:48 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WXXM (92.1 THE MIC)/MADISON afternoon "DEVIL'S ADVOCATES RADIO" host DOMINIC SALVIA has filed suit against three CAPITOL POLICE officers for handcuffing and ticketing him in last SUMMER's protests at the WISCONSIN State Capitol.
The WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL reports that SALVIA (filing under his full name PHILIP DOMINIC SALVIA) is being represented by attorney JEFF SCOTT OLSON and is alleging that his First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated by his detention. The state Department of Justice asked the court to dismiss SALVIA's ticket in OCTOBER.
SALVIA was at the protest, the "Solidarity Singalong," on JULY 24, 2013, taking pictures when Officer ADAM FELL asked him to leave; SALVIA alleges that Sgt. CHRIS WEISS told FELL to take SALVIA into custody, and FELL put plastic flex cuffs on SALVIA's wrists and took him to the basement to be processed and cited. SALVIA's suit alleges that he never participated in the protest but was there covering the incident as a member of the news media.
Co-host MICHAEL CRUTE was also arrested and ticketed, but he admitted being in the protest and his ticket was dismissed on the grounds that the administrative code on which the ticket was based is unconstitutional.