A pro-life protester who was arrested on charges of threatening to bomb the Northland Family Planning Center, an abortion facility near Detroit, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging that the abortion facility called the police with a fake threat against her, reports CourthouseNews.com.
The woman, U.S. Navy veteran Kimberly Thames, “prayed on the public sidewalks surrounding” the Northland facility along with a Catholic nun on Aug. 27, 2016 when she was arrested, according to the report.
A security guard involved in the incident told police officers that Thames said, “I prophesy bombs are going to fall, I prophesy bombs are going to fall,” according to the report.
According to the report, the police ignored the nun who was speaking up for the protestor, and one of the police officers became angry and said, “You [the nun] have no idea what you are talking about.”
Another officer reportedly said, “Anyone who has anything to do with the whole thing [referring to the pro-life movement] is a fanatic.” CourthouseNews.com reports the police arrested the protestor on the basis of “making terrorist threats.”
Here’s more from the report:
But Thames claims that was a “complete fabrication” and she didn’t know that the Northland employee called 911 to report a bomb threat.
Though the officers found nothing when they searched Thames’ car, they “didn’t bother to conduct an investigation,” her complaint states.
The nun Thames was praying with “told the officers that plaintiff never made any threats and that [abortion facility security guard John] Doe was lying,” Thames says. …
The seven-count complaint asserts claims of conspiracy, false arrest, defamation and violations of the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments.
Thames seeks declaratory and injunctive relief; nominal, compensatory, exemplary and punitive damages; attorney fees and costs; and a jury trial.
The Northland Family Planning Center in Westland, Michigan has made LifeNews reports before. A doctor employed by the facility as of March 2015 has had two disciplinary hearings for administering controlled substances without a valid license from the Drug Enforcement Agency and has been observed outside an abortion facility wearing a butcher’s apron.
LifeNews has previously reported on how a representative of the Northland Family Planning Centers of Michigan, which includes three locations in Southfield, Westland, and Sterling Heights per their own website, performs about 25 percent of the abortions in Michigan and believes it would be a “great idea” to take the aborted babies stored in freezers in their facilities and “burn the remains of aborted babies for energy.”
In less extreme cases, 40 Days for Life vigils have faced similar challenges, with pro-life volunteers being threatened with arrest or tickets from law enforcement officers. Challenges range from officers citing lack of permits to be on city property, tickets for an ultrasound machine across from an abortion facility in St. Louis, charges of false advertising against pro-life volunteers, and claims that volunteers were standing too close to abortion facilities despite being the proper distance away from the facility.