Man claims arrest was retaliation for lawsuit
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In this photo from March, Myreico Broaden is shown in the office of attorney Julian McPhillips talking about his confrontation with Montgomery police officers in January. (Photo: AMANDA SOWARDS/ADVERTISER )
Defense attorneys are questioning why a man who sued the city after allegedly being struck and injured by a Montgomery police cruiser only recently was charged in the January incident.
Myreico Broaden, 37, was arrested last week on charges of attempting to elude and possession of a controlled substance.
Defense attorney Julian McPhillips said he believes that what triggered the arrest was that Broaden’s suit against the city was amended to identify two police officers by name.
"It is just blatant and obvious retaliation," McPhillips said.
Broaden has filed a motion to dismiss the criminal charges against him that argues that the arrest violates Broaden’s right to free speech and access to courts.
Martha Earnhardt, spokeswoman for the Montgomery Department of Public Safety, said the warrants against Broaden were signed Jan. 30 and were served Aug. 5 but added that she could provide no other information because of the pending litigation.
Broaden sued the city in March, claiming his leg was injured and that he was subject to racial epithets after a Montgomery Police Department cruiser ran over him without provocation Jan. 30.
On July 24, the names of police officers Perry Bullard and Eric Skipper were added to the lawsuit.
The city filed an answer to the complaint July…