James Sorensen open carried at a Gay Pride event in Colorado Springs in July of 2012, and this video shows him being arrested for doing absolutely nothing illegal. Open carry has been legal in Colorado Springs since 2003, but an entire squad of police somehow missed that memo. They took him to jail, and now he’s taken them to the cleaners . . .
His arrest was so blatantly unlawful that even the Huffington Post ran the story with a “Wrongfully Arrested” headline. The mayor of Colorado Springs responded fairly quickly to the Donnybrook and ordered a review of police procedure and training. It was discovered that the Colorado Springs Police Department had never updated the legal handbooks its officers carry in the field after the 2003 changes to Colorado law.
Their lack of due diligence has cost the taxpayers $23,500, which is the amount of the settlement Sorensen reached with the city’s legal department. I’m sure a chunk of this will go to his attorney, but that should still leave the Iraq war veteran with a nice little pile of fun money.
Full story: 9 News Denver.