Federal wildlife service officers sued over unlawful search and seizure

By Annie Cosby | Mar 31, 2014

A Brazoria County man is suing over claims he was injured by federal officers.

Charles B. Walker filed a lawsuit March 20 in the Galveston Division of the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Texas against Officer Joseph A. Ham, the United States of America, the United States Department of the Interior, Region 2 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Officer Micah Edwards and Cody Dingee. 

Walker accuses the defendants of wrongful arrest, unlawful search and seizure, criminal trespass, negligence, personal injury and unlawful detention.

According to the complaint, on July 23, Walker was battered and handcuffed by federal wildlife service officers Edwards and Dingee without provocation. Walker alleges that he asked the officers if they were federal officials and then they attacked him, knocked him to the ground, handcuffed him and searched for a reason for arrest.

Walker is seeking more than $100,000 in damages. He is acting pro se.

The case has been assigned to District Judge Gregg Costa and referred to Magistrate Judge John R Froeschner for pretrial proceedings.

Case No. 3:14-CV-00104

This is a report on a civil lawsuit. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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