An immigration activist has filed a lawsuit in federal court over his removal from the grounds of the state Capitol in February.
Salvador Reza of Phoenix claims state Senate President Russell Pearce violated his First Amendment rights by denying him access to Senate buildings.
The suit alleges Reza’s rights of freedom of speech, assembly, association, to petition and communicate with his elected representatives were violated along with his right to due process and equal protection.
The Arizona Republic says Reza was among protesters at a hearing of several immigration bills that drew a rowdy crowd of opponents to the Senate. The next day, police arrested Reza on suspicion of trespassing.
Pearce says he gave Capitol police the authority to ban people who had been disruptive during the immigration hearing.