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Tennessee man files lawsuit after being arrested for social media post

Joshua Andrew Garton claimed the arrest violated his First Amendment rights.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee man arrested over a social media post is suing law enforcement officers, claiming they violated his First Amendment rights.

The Tennessean reports Joshua Andrew Garton was arrested in January after posting a photograph that depicted two people urinating on a gravestone with a photo of a Dickson County sheriff's officer who was fatally shot in 2018. 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation determined the photo was fake, but Garton was still charged with harassment and jailed for nearly two weeks. 

A lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday says Garton was the victim of false arrest and malicious prosecution. 

The TBI and other defendants declined to comment.

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