Elijah Wesbrock (2017)

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On February 21, 2017, Elijah Wesbrock was conducting a first amendment audit by filming from a public sidewalk outside of Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona. Wesbrock was handcuffed and detained by Air Force personnel. Glendale Arizona Police Department Officers Gabriel Vasquez and Michael Fernandez arrived on scene and began their investigation. They called a supervisor, who instructed them to arrest Wesbrock for trespassing and failure to provide identification.[1]

On May 30, 2018, the charges against Wesbrock were dropped.[1]

On April 3, 2019, Wesbrock filed a lawsuit against Vasquez, Fernandez, and Air Force Officers Ledford and Ledesma, citing violations of his First and Fourth Amendment rights, and other allegations.[1]

On June 3, 2020, the United States District Court provided a mixed ruling. Several of the counts in Wesbrock's lawsuit were denied due to a 2-year statute of limitations. Charges of malicious prosecution, supervisor liability, and conspiracy were allowed to continue.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wesbrock v. Ledford], United States District Court for the District of Arizona, 2020-06-03

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