Boise police arrested a man in Costco who was not wearing a mask.Now he wants $ 4.5 million


A Boise man is seeking $ 4.5 million in compensation after a Boise police officer arrested him for refusing to wear a mask inside a Costco store.

According to a tort allegation filed with the city, Peter Hahn, 51, said police arrested him in December after refusing to wear a mask at 2051 S. Cole Road in Costco. .. Mr. Hahn said he had a 10-minute discussion with a clerk begging him to wear a mask inside the store.

“(Hahn) informed them that they had illegally harassed him, trapped him, assaulted him, imprisoned him, arrested him, abused him, and violated him,” the tort claim said.

Ultimately, employees were forced to shop in stores without masks before contacting police, alleged tort. Police arrived and arrested Hahn. Hahn noticed that other shoppers were cheering when the police took him away.

Mayor Lauren McLean issued Maskman Dates for all indoor and outdoor spaces in July 2020.She finally The requirement was lifted in May, Quote a decrease in cases.

Eight months later, Hahn wrote that the incident continued to affect his emotional and financial well-being.

“The stress and pressure of intimidation and coercion made Peter physically ill, unable to sleep at night, and made him more unhealthy and frightening than ever in his life,” said the tort claim.

Some of Hahn’s misconduct has been that police officers have kidnapped him and deprived him of his rights.

On allegations of tort, Hahn is seeking $ 500,000 in compensation from several Boise police officers, Ada County Sheriff’s agent, Boise city lawyer James Sullivan, and assistant city lawyer Laura Keys. Said.

This was not the first time Hahn faced a legal issue in his view of Mask. In November, he was arrested for organizing a group of people planning to enter a local business without a mask, contrary to local health orders. According to Idaho Press..

The allegations of tort are not proceedings, but they notify government agencies of allegations of fraud. State law in Idaho requires plaintiffs to claim tort before suing the agency for violating state law. The agency has 90 days to notify the claimant whether to accept or reject the claim. If the claim is dismissed, the claimant can file a proceeding.

The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

Hahn declined to comment when he was contacted by phone on Thursday. A politician’s request for a Boise police account in the case is still pending.