Attorneys for 52-year-old Kent Williams filed a lawsuit against the city of Bakersfield, Calif., alleging he suffered injuries and damages as the result of an arrest last August for carrying a concealed firearm on the campus of Tevis Junior High School, where he works as a vice principal, the Bakersfield Californian reported Tuesday. Even though he was released without charges, all of his weapons were confiscated and still have not been returned.
“If it was you or I, we would call it theft,” said attorney Daniel Rodriguez. “But it’s called conversion.”
Authorities released Williams a few hours after the arrest, realizing he had not violated any state laws. According to California penal code, he was within his rights to carry a gun on school grounds since he held a concealed carry permit. Nevertheless, his permit was revoked without explanation in September.
Bakersfield City Attorney Ginny Gennaro and the Bakersfield Police Department have not commented on the case. The BPD, however, said its investigation is complete and the case is closed. But it’s not over as far as Williams is concerned.
Recently, the Californian said, Williams filed a letter of resignation with the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District. The resignation is set to be effective June 30, 2015. District officials said Williams violated policy by carrying a gun on campus without first getting permission from the superintendent.
The lawsuit says Williams was “falsely arrested, intimidated, humiliated” and required medical attention due to his diabetic condition. It also says he was wrongly deprived of his legally-purchased guns and suffered other damages, including pain and anguish, emotional distress and medical expenses.
California’s Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995 prohibits guns in school zones, but, the Californian added, there are exemptions. According to subsection (l), the prohibition does not apply to duly appointed peace officers, federal agents carrying out official duties, members of the military forces who are engaged in the performance of their duties, and any “person holding a valid license to carry the firearm,” Steven Mayer explained. That, Mayer said, is “the crux” of the matter.
“My client was arrested illegally,” Rodriguez told the Californian. “To arrest someone you have to have probable cause. Once they saw the concealed weapons permit, there was no probable cause.”
Officers reportedly checked with superiors after verifying his permit. But, Rodriguez added, “they were told to arrest him anyway.” The lawsuit also names the officers as defendants in the case.
Infowars’ Kit Daniels said actions like these are becoming “epidemic” in California, a state known for its far-left wing policies. In one case, he said, 14 officers showed up at the home of one California resident. Two M-16’s were shoved in his face while officers carted off his collection. According to Daniels, officers later lied to his wife about the raid, claiming they were only taking a report after her car was reportedly involved in a “hit and run” accident.
The reason for the confiscations, he added, is an “Armed Prohibited Persons” list he said grows longer with each passing year. All of those listed as APP’s had purchased their guns legally, but authorities later declared they were prohibited from gun ownership due to minor misdemeanor convictions or mental health “concerns.”