Civil rights complaint seeks $400 billion in damages

Steve Gonzalez Apr. 26, 2006, 6:38am

An East St. Louis man who sought $100 trillion from Texas public officials in a civil rights lawsuit filed last year, brought another complaint against high ranking Missouri figures on April 21.

But this time, Jeffrey O'Quinn is only asking for $100 billion each from Governor Matt Blunt, St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and Commissioner of the Family Court Division Anne Marie Clarke.

In a handwritten complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, O'Quinn alleges the defendants violated his 1st, 4th, and 14th Amendment rights provided by the U.S. Constitution. He also is seeking an investigation into each defendant's office.

In November 2005, O'Quinn sued Texas Governor Rick Perry and other state officials, as well as ExxonMobil executives, alleging his civil rights were violated because he allegedly was not allowed to peacefully assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances. He also claimed cruel and unusual punishment and that he had been deprived of life, liberty or property without due process.

That case is currently stalled as O'Quinn is waiting for the U.S. Marshall's Service to serve the lawsuit to the defendants.

In his new case, O'Quinn claims police officers made false reports and and treated him unprofessionally.

He also claims police failed to protect him from being shot three different times by assailant Fred Griffin.

According to his complaint, O'Quinn was shot by Griffin at 1530 Locust St. in St. Louis on July 4, 2005.

O'Quinn claims that before the incident he called police "time and time again" regarding Griffin, but nothing was done until he called a police lieutenant and detective.

He claims that while he complied with a police request to go to the circuit attorney's warrant office he saw a copy of the July 4, 2005 police report. O'Quinn claims he told police the report contained false information.

O'Quinn claims that Jennifer Joyce was unprofessional with her conduct and violated his civil rights, but does not state a reason to base his allegation.

He claims that Governor Blunt's office also violated his civil rights by tampering with his complaint.

The complaint states that Chief Mokwa's office was unprofessional for allegedly telling him that if he calls back he will be arrested.

O'Quinn is representing himself in the case.

His case has been assigned to District Judge David Herndon.

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