Salvador Reza, an organizer with the Arizona-based Puente Movement, has filed a lawsuit for wrongful arrest against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, KPHO.com reports.
Reza was reportedly arrested by sheriff's deputies on July 30 outside Phoenix's Fourth Avenue Jail during a protest against the state's controversial immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, according to the news provider.
After Reza spent time in jail, a judge ruled that there was no evidence of probable cause in his arrest and ordered him to be released the following day. Reza is saying he wants such treatment by the deputies to stop.
"What's happening in Maricopa County is a prime example of what's happening in the United States," Reza said. "If they can do this to me they can do this to anybody else."
The activist claims that he is not seeking money, but simply justice, adding that he wants "the sheriff to stop personal vendettas on his critics or his political opponents."
Reza plans to travel to Geneva on November 5 to testify about Arizona's new immigration law in front of the United Nations, according to the news source.