ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) - Former Rep. Dave Agema will receive $2 from a federal lawsuit settlement connected an event at which he and a self-proclaimed former terrorist were scheduled to speak that was shut down by local police.
Agema, a Republican who represented Grandville, and Kamal Saleem, who claims is is a former terrorist, were scheduled to speak at the Jan. 26, 2012, event at Allegan High School, which was organized by Allegan County Commissioner Bill Sage.
The event was shut down by Allegan Police after they learned of a $25 million bounty on Saleem's head.
The Allegan Public School District settled its part of the suit for $500.
Agema, along with Sage and ACT! For America President Elizabeth Griffin, will receive $2 each from the settlement. Mark Gurley, who paid for Saleem's airfare to Michigan, will receive the other $494, according to federal court documents.
Agema contacted 24 Hour News 8 Thursday evening and said he didn't even realize he was getting $2. He said his goal has never been to get money from the school district.
"The issue is we are just telling other schools and other agencies, 'Don't infringe upon our First Amendment right," he said. "If they get away with it here, they'll do it again. It stops here."
"Our goal has never been to hurt the schools," he added.
According to a web page administered by Sage, Saleem was going to speak about his life as a hired terrorist and committing acts against the United States. Agema was scheduled to speak about a bill called American Law for American Courts -- labeled HB4769 -- which states that only American constitutional law may be used in American courts.
As the event was beginning, Allegan Police Chief Rick Hoyer was made aware of a $25 million bounty on Saleem's head. At the time, Hoyer told 24 Hour News 8 said police then felt they did not have enough officers to make the event safe, so they shut down the event and cleared the auditorium.
The school district was only one of 11 entities named as defendants in Agema's suit, which alleges that those who shut down the event violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments, interfering in the plaintiffs' rights to free speech, freedom of religion and free assembly.
It claims officials had no credible threat to shut down the "free speech" event and that the worries about a bounty were "nothing other than a pretext" to shut down the event.
The suit against Hoyer, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, People for the American Way and two representatives of those groups has yet to be resolved.
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