DENVER — An Army veteran is suing the city of Colorado Springs after he was inappropriately arrested for carrying a firearm.
James Sorensen, 24, was leaving a gay pride festival at Acacia Park on July 21, 2012, when he was confronted by police and arrested. The arrest seemed to stem from the fact that at least seven Colorado Springs Police Department employees were not aware that it is legal to openly carry a firearm in public parks there.
Sorensen, an Army veteran, was handcuffed, relieved of his .40 caliber handgun and held in jail for an hour before police released him.
Filed this week, Sorensen’s suit names all of the sergeants and officers involved, as well as CSPD Chief Pete Carey. Sorensen said the suit was his only option after failed attempts to negotiate terms with the city. The amount of money he is seeking, if any, was not released.
“We decided to file suit because we want to better protect our rights,” he told KRDO. “And make sure everyone knows they can’t just treat citizens like crap.”
The department has since admitted that a mistake was made and dropped all charges, but has apparently declined Sorensen’s demands for a public apology and other remedies.
The arrest was caught on video. (Warning: Contains strong language). In it, Sorensen insists that he is within his rights and accuses officers of discriminating against him because he is gay.