ACLU helps Cape Girardeau man sue police chief over arrest

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A Cape Girardeau man is suing a southeast Missouri police chief who obtained a protection order after the man posted an online video of his arrest for disturbing the peace.

Jordan Klaffer was arrested by Kelso Police Chief Jerry Bledsoe in May 2013 after neighbors complained that he was firing his gun outside his family's home. Klaffer was charged after he declined to turn over his guns to Bledsoe.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Bledsoe on Klaffer's behalf. The federal suit claims the protection order violated the free speech rights of Klaffer, who subsequently removed the video and social media postings critical of his arrest.

Bledsoe told The Associated Press he felt the video and commentary "was a form of harassment...toward me."

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