A Georgia Army war veteran who committed a heroic act in 2017 and ended up being arrested, has filed a lawsuit against three Kennesaw, Georgia, police officers accusing them of fabricating evidence to execute a retaliatory arrest against him, WSB Atlanta has reported.
Army war veteran Matthew Solon was out with friends at Mazzy’s Sports Bar in Kennesaw, Georgia on June 26, 2017, when he says he was approached by a belligerently drunken man, Dwight Cooper, who threatened Solon and his friends with a gun.
Blurred justice: ‘Police arrival on scene of gunman’- Part 1
Blurred Justice: ‘Hero’ arrested after disarming gunman- Part 2
One of the victims on the other side of the gun barrel is Army veteran and son of U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., 25-year-old Michael Loudermilk. Next to him is 24-year-old Solon, friend and fellow Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, 11Alive Atlanta reported back in 2018.
Blurred Justice: ‘Hero’ arrested after disarming gunman- Part 3
Solon says he drew on his military training to disarm Cooper and called 911.
When officers arrived, Solon was arrested and Cooper taken to the hospital. Both were charged with a misdemeanor and a felony for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Just what did Solon do wrong?
The how and why of Solon’s arrest is in dispute. Officer Joshua Hale wrote in his report that when officers arrived on the scene, Solon disobeyed orders and that he told police he took Cooper’s weapon and struck him in the head with it “so he would stay down.”
Solon says this is a lie. He alleges in his lawsuit that the police fabricated the statement so they could arrest him after he criticized their handling of the incident. The charges against Solon were eventually dropped, while the charges against Cooper are pending.
Blurred Justice: ‘Hero’ arrested after disarming gunman- Part 4
The federal lawsuit filed this week is seeking a jury trial and damages.
“I thought I did everything right,” Solon told WSB-TV. “I unloaded the weapon, I eliminated the threat, called the police, gave him medical attention, everything, and when the police arrived they acted like I’m the criminal here.”
The original 2017-2018 full story at 11Alive.com can be found here.
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