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Georgia student sues senator for taking his phone when asked about voting rights

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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.”

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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."

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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.

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[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.”

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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.

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Senator Perdue then stopped the recording on Mr. Knauf’s phone without Mr. Knauf’s permission.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Senator Perdue had previously asked for Mr. Knauf’s phone, and Mr. Knauf refused to consent to Senator Perdue taking his phone.

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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.

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[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.

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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.

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After Mr. Knauf asked Senator Perdue several times to return his stolen phone, Senator Perdue returned his phone and left the scene.

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