Settlement reached between protestor, former Hopewell police office

Posted at 11:41 PM, Mar 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 08:20:11-04

HOPEWELL, Va. -- Attorneys have reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit filed by a man who claims a Hopewell Police officer violated his rights during a protest. Brandon Howard said the officer took him into custody for carrying guns while displaying an "Impeach Obama" sign on an overpass in August 2013.

The demonstrator said the officer held him for 90 minutes, but then he was released without charges. Howard said that detention violated his civil liberties.

Lawyers have not disclosed the entire settlement, but did note that it included an apology from the now former Hopewell Police Officer named in the lawsuit.

Brandon Howard

Brandon Howard