Lawsuit claims ex-Pine Lawn mayor falsely arrested -

Lawsuit claims ex-Pine Lawn mayor falsely arrested

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - An 80-year-old former mayor of the St. Louis County town of Pine Lawn alleges in a lawsuit that he was falsely arrested as part of a smear campaign orchestrated by his successor.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Tuesday on behalf of Adrian Wright. The lawsuit names Wright's successor as mayor, Sylvester Caldwell, along with a police officer and the city.

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Wright says he was falsely arrested in 2012 on accusations of running a stop sign and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. Charges were dismissed but Wright says he was re-arrested at least twice.

Wright was a critic of Caldwell and supported his mayoral opponent.

Caldwell pleaded guilty last week to federal extortion charges. He resigned as mayor and faces sentencing July 7.

Caldwell's lawyer declined comment.

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