The civil suit filed by an Atlanta-based firm claims: Suddenly and without warning, Senator Perdue committed unlawful battery when he seized Mr. Knauf’s phone, touching Mr. Knauf in the process of seizing the phone, while angrily declaring: “No, I’m not doing that—I’m not doing that.”
The law firm made the announcement in a press release sent to Newsweek by Southern Majority, a campaign consultancy group serving progressive candidates in the South, accusing Perdue of having "ripped [a] phone out of a student's hands as the student attempted to ask a question about voter rights."
Attorneys for Nathan Knauf, a junior at Georgia Tech, filed the complaint in Fulton County State Court on Monday morning, seeking a jury trial, unspecified damages, attorneys' fees and others costs from Perdue.
[Georgia’s GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is sued over claims of suppressing thousands of minority voters] When asked to respond to the student’s offer to dismiss the complaint if Perdue apologized, the senator’s spokeswoman said in a follow-up statement that “Georgia Democrats have taken their extreme tactics too far" and called Knauf’s attorneys “political hacks who are trying to spin something out of nothing.”
Instead of answering his constituent’s question, civilly interacting with Mr. Knauf, or simply leaving, Senator Perdue forcefully took Mr. Knauf’s phone without his permission in a rude and offensive manner, which constitutes unlawful battery under Georgia law.
Senator Perdue then stopped the recording on Mr. Knauf’s phone without Mr. Knauf’s permission.
A Georgia Tech student is set to file a lawsuit against Senator David Perdue of Georgia after the Republican snatched away the young man's phone when asked a question about voter suppression.
The incident took place Oct. 13, when Perdue visited Georgia Tech to campaign for Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a fellow Republican who is locked in a tight gubernatorial race with Democrat Stacey Abrams.
Knauf, a student member of the Young Democratic Socialists of America, approached Perdue and began asking about Kemp — who has been accused of suppressing thousands of minority voters — while recording video on his cellphone.
Senator Perdue had previously asked for Mr. Knauf’s phone, and Mr. Knauf refused to consent to Senator Perdue taking his phone.
Atlanta-based law firm Dreyer Sterling LLC, which is headed by Democratic state Representative David Dreyer and former Atlanta mayoral candidate Michael Sterling, has said it plans to file a "civil battery" complaint against Perdue in Fulton State Court on Monday morning on the student's behalf.
[A senator snatched a student’s phone while being asked about Georgia voter registration uproar] Georgia state Rep. David Dreyer (D), another of Knauf’s attorneys, said they opted to file a civil complaint rather than a criminal one.
U.S. Senator David Perdue just snatched my phone because he won’t answer a question from one of his constituents,” the student says, following behind the candidate.
After Mr. Knauf asked Senator Perdue several times to return his stolen phone, Senator Perdue returned his phone and left the scene.