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Man claims he was arrested, charged for false gun violations

A man who claims he faced gun charges for a registered firearm is suing the city and two police officers.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court Thursday, says Chicago Police arrested Ronald Wilson during a traffic stop on Sept. 1 in the South Side Calumet Heights neighborhood.

Wilson was driving in the 8900 block of South Anthony when officers pulled the vehicle over, even though he hadn’t committed a crime or traffic violation, the suit claims.

The officers then searched the vehicle and arrested Wilson, charging him with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in connection to a concealed gun that he claims he has a permit to carry.

Cook County Judge Michelle Jordan tossed the charges on Sept. 8 and said the officers did not have probable cause to arrest Wilson, who claims he had to spend some time in jail.

The four-count suit claims false arrest and unlawful detention, malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

A spokesman for the city’s Law Department said the lawsuit had not yet been reviewed and could not comment Thursday night.

Wilson is asking for punitive damages against the officers and an unspecified amount in compensation.