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Idaho man who refused to wear mask looks to sue law enforcement for $4.5 million after arrest

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An Idaho man planning to sue local law enforcement agencies after he was arrested at a Boise Costco last year for refusing to wear a required mask.

According to the Idaho State Journal, Peter Alan Hearn, 51, of Boise, is claiming he was “kidnapped, falsely imprisoned and assaulted” as he was arrested on December 18.

According to a tort claim against officers and attorneys, Hearn declined to wear a face covering and continued shopping after being repeatedly asked by employees to do so. Boise Police officers eventually arrived and arrested him on an outstanding trespassing warrant for a previous anti-mask protest in November, said the paper.

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In the protest, Hearn and a group of demonstrators “disrupted several downtown Boise businesses that required face masks.”

In the complaint, Hearn is claiming his handcuffs were too tight and damaged his wrists, and that he has suffered “emotional distress, lack of sleep and physical illness since the incident.”

Another warrant for Hearn was issued in January when he failed to appear at a court hearing, said the newspaper, which Hearn claimed he missed because he refused to wear a face covering.

Hearn is seeking $500,000 each from multiple Boise Police officers, Ada County Sheriff deputies and city attorneys.

The newspaper says a tort claim is not a lawsuit, but is often a precursor to a lawsuit.