A black Alabama pastor filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against the city of Childersburg and three of its police officers who arrested him while he was watering his neighbor’s flowers.
According to NBC News, the Pastor Michael Jennings of Abundant Life Church in Sylacauga, Alabama, filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Alabama on Friday where he argued that the arrest was “unlawful” and that his Fourth Amendment rights were violated. The City of Childersburg and police officers Christopher Smith, Justin Gable and Jeremy Brooks are listed as defendants in the lawsuit.
On May 22, Childersburg police officers arrested Jennings after a white woman who deemed Jennings a suspicious person called 911.
At the time, Jennings was watering his neighbor’s flowers since the neighbor was out of town and left the pastor in charge.
“I’m supposed to be here. I’m Pastor Jennings. I live across the street,” he told police, according to video footage released last…