Vegan demonstrators who held a demonstration at a Honeybaked Ham store were observed, photographed, harassed, and followed by a plain clothes Homeland Security officer who was driving in an undercover vehicle. Two of the demonstrators wrote down the make, model, color and tag number of the unmarked automobile. Seeing this, the officer called for backup, proceeded to follow the protestors, stopped them, and demanded that they turn over the information. The protestors refused, which led to them being arrested for disorderly conduct.
The piece of paper containing the information has not been recovered since the arrest.
The ACLU of Georgia filed a lawsuit in federal court in 2005 challenging the arrest. Both the district court and the Court of Appeals for Eleventh Circuit denied motions for summary judgment by the individual defendants, feeling that the arresting officers were not protected by qualified immunity. The case eventually went to a jury trial, where they found in favor of the plaintiffs against one of the two officers. Unfortunately, the jury did not see it necessary to truly award damages, instead awarding just $1 of compensatory damages and $1 of punitive damages to each plaintiff. In 2011, after several appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit refused to award attorney fees to the plaintiffs.

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