WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The city of Walnut Ridge responded to a lawsuit filed against the city, mayor, police chief, a current officer, and former officer.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court by attorney Mark Rees on behalf of Adam Finley of Strawberry, alleges Finley was unlawfully arrested, assaulted, and harassed by Walnut Ridge police and that police have not investigated complaints of police brutality and misconduct.
The lawsuit named several people as defendants. Two separate responses have been filed in courts: one for Matthew Mercado and Police Chief Chris Kirksey and one for Mayor Charles Snapp and the City of Walnut Ridge.
A lawyer with the Arkansas Municipal League filed the response for Mayor Snapp and the city on Mon., May 14. Both Snapp and the city are referred to as "Separate Defendants."
"Separate Defendants assert the defense of immunity based on all state and federal doctrines of immunity found applicable by this Court," part of the response said.
The response goes on to say the allegations fail to state facts or a claim in which relief may be given.
In the response, Snapp and the city said they did not violate the plaintiff, Adam Finley's, rights and that the alleged injuries did not happen due to wrongdoing by the city of Walnut Ridge.
The response states that the defendants will use all defenses available to them including privilege, justification, and statute of limitations.
At the end of the response, it asked the court to dismiss the complaint against them.
Here is the full response:
Also filed on May 14, an amended response by former officer Matthew Mercado, Sgt. Matt Cook, and Police Chief Chris Kirksey.
That response went on to say that the plaintiff has failed to provide facts on which relief should be granted and that any cause of action is barred by the statutes of limitations.
Here is that full response: