April 18, 2006

Albany, diocese sued over arrest at protest

Albany Times Union

First published: Tuesday, April 18, 2006

ALBANY -- The co-chairman of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests is suing the city, its Police Department, three officers and the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese over his arrest this month during a protest.

Mark Lyman filed a $5 million notice of claim Monday, challenging his April 9 arrest outside the Catholic Church of the Holy Cross where, on a weekly basis for nearly seven months, he had been protesting the diocese's handling of child molestation allegations against a priest.

Police said Lyman violated a court order requiring him to be at least 100 feet from the church entrance and refused to move after being warned. Lyman denies that in his lawsuit.

Lyman, 41, one of the leaders of the group SNAP, claims priests abused him when he was a child living in Troy.

Posted by kshaw at April 18, 2006 07:19 AM