HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An activist who was acquitted of disorderly conduct for protesting prayer in the state Senate is now suing the State.
That was the protest that got Mitch Kahle arrested during a Senate session in April.
He and his photographer, Kevin Hughes, filed a civil suit against the State, Senate staff and sheriff's deputies.
Among the 14 allegations: assault and battery, false arrest and imprisonment and conspiracy.
A video shot by Hughes shows Senate Sergeant at Arms, Bienvenido Villaflor, allegedly punching the camera.
Villaflor is a former professional boxer, and Kahle's attorney says that made for an explosive situation.
"When you put somebody with the training of Mr. Villaflor, who has a violent skill, and put him in charge of security, without the right training, it's a recipe for disaster," plaintiff's attorney James Bickerton said.
"The lasting effect for me, is now the understanding that I might be attacked when I go to the capitol to exercise my first amendment rights, for whatever reason that I might be there," Kahle said.
Attorney Bickerton says the photographer is still recovering from his physical injuries and suffers from anxiety and stress.