Parma man sues city for arresting him over Facebook page

CLEVELAND (AP) - An attorney representing a Cleveland suburb sued by a man arrested for creating a Facebook page parodying the city's police department says he'll file motions to dismiss the lawsuit.

Anthony Novak sued the city of Parma and three officers Tuesday. Authorities say he created a Facebook page in March 2016 that displayed a name similar to Parma's police department and posted items suggesting police were performing free abortions for teenagers. The page also suggested it would be illegal to help the homeless for three months.

The lawsuit seeks financial compensation, legal fees and an injunction against Parma police.

The city's attorney, John Travis, says the lawsuit lacks merit and notes that Novak had filed a previous suit. The first lawsuit was filed by a separate law firm and differed from the current suit by asking a judge to declare the law under which Novak was charged unconstitutional.

The 28-year-old Novak was charged with a felony count of disrupting public services and acquitted after trial in August 2016.

© 2017 Associated Press


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