Attorneys David Betras, Brian Kopp and Justin Markota announce protection for Niki Frenchko, civil lawsuit

Editor’s observe: This story corrects the date of the assembly when Frenchko’s first feedback had been made. We remorse the error.

TRUMBULL COUNTY, Ohio (WKBN) – Three attorneys introduced they are going to defend Trumbull County Commissioner Niki Frenchko after she was arrested on a cost of disturbing a public assembly on Thursday.

Attorneys David Betras, Brian Kopp and Justin Markota made the announcement on Thursday.

Within the announcement, the attorneys additionally mentioned they are going to file a federal civil rights lawsuit in opposition to the individuals accountable for the arrest.

Frenchko was faraway from the commissioner’s board assembly after making a number of feedback whereas a letter from Sheriff Paul Monroe was learn concerning feedback that Frenchko made at a gathering in June.

“What we witnessed yesterday in Warren, Ohio was a scene out of Russia and different dictatorships the place despots like Vladimir Putin and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad routinely arrest and jail their political opponents,” Betras mentioned. “I by no means thought I might see something like this in america, however there it was, dwell on Fb, an elected official arrested and silenced by her political enemies for exercising her First Modification rights. It was really chilling.”

The attorneys went on to touch upon the civil swimsuit they plan to file.

“Part 1983 of the U.S. Code permits people to sue authorities officers who use the authorized system to deprive them of their constitutional rights. We imagine that’s precisely what came about in the course of the assembly, and we intend to carry these accountable accountable for his or her actions,” they defined in an emailed assertion.

Sheriff Monroe, who spoke to WKBN in regards to the arrest Thursday, mentioned Frenchko violated a regulation, forcing his deputies to take motion.

“Our deputies gave her extra latitude than a standard particular person from the general public in a gathering, who ought to have usually eliminated somebody from the assembly instantly for the disruptions that she induced,” he mentioned.

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