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Austin Biker Sues Officers For Taking Photos Of His Tattoos

Yesterday we posted an article about an alleged motorcycle profiling case in Austin, Texas – when three officers forced a motorcyclist to lift his shirt and bare his skin during a traffic stop so they could photograph his tattoos.

Kristopher Cody King, 34, says his civil rights were violated Dec. 13 when police pulled him over on Koenig Lane for failing to signal a turn on his motorcycle.

King, who was not cited in the incident, says the officers told him to consent to the photos or they would take him to jail and take them there.

The suit, filed Thursday in federal court by attorney Millie Thompson, lists officer Dane O’Neill and two other officers as defendants. O’Neill, according to the lawsuit, peppered King with questions about patches on his vest and his biker affiliations.

The lawsuit does not specify how much money King wants, but says he suffers from mental anguish and has lost sleep over the incident. “King has been fearful to ride through Austin, afraid that he will be pulled over for no reason by the police, according to the suit.

“King has relived the emotional turmoil the incident created, each time he tells a friend or family member about what happened to him on December 13th. He has lost sleep. He is afraid to stay at his home, knowing that the same officers who had no regard for his rights know where he lives.”

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Read the full story at: MyStatesman