West Virginia ACLU files lawsuit over Facebook post arrest

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man is suing state and county officials for violating his First Amendment rights after he was arrested for a Facebook post that officials contended was a terroristic threat.

News outlets report the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia filed a lawsuit Friday stating state police and the Hancock County prosecutor’s office wrongfully arrested and pursued prosecution against David Jones in 2015.

The lawsuit says Jones was arrested without a warrant and held for nearly a month with bail set at a high amount for a post criticizing county officials that read, “I will hunt them down and put a bullet in their head (if) ANYTHING drug related ever happens to either of my girls.”

The criminal case against Jones was dismissed in 2016.

(Copyright (c) 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)