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Man arrested at Richmond Airport Files Federal Lawsuit

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A man who was arrested after stripping to his shorts at a Richmond International Airport checkpoint to protest security procedures is suing federal and local authorities.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court, claims the Transportation Security Administration, Richmond airport police and other officials violated Aaron Tobey's constitutional rights.

Twenty-one-year-old Tobey partially disrobed Dec. 30 to display a message scrawled on his chest about the Constitution's 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure. A disorderly conduct charge was later dropped.

The lawsuit claims Tobey's arrest violated his free-speech and 4th Amendment rights. It also accuses officials of false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

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