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A Black pastor who was arrested by Alabama police while he was watering

A Black pastor who was arrested by Alabama police while he was watering his neighbor’s flowers filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the city and three of its officers.

Michael Jennings, a longtime pastor at Vision of Abundant Life Church in Sylacauga, Alabama, was detained on May 22 by Childersburg officers responding to a 911 call about a suspicious person.

Jennings was charged with obstructing government operations after police accused him of failing to respond to their request that he provide identification. The charges were dropped in June.

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