Ignorance of the law is not a defense. The same goes for the police.

Following the arrest and quick release last week of Tevis Junior High School Vice Principal Kent Williams, the administrator is now planning to seek justice in the civil courts.

Williams, holder of a concealed carry permit from the county sheriff, was arrested Aug. 28 after Bakersfield police found out he had a handgun in a bag on school grounds. While school authorities quickly placed Williams, an educator with some 27 years experience on administrative leave, Bakersfield PD placed him in handcuffs and locked him up in the local jail. However, once officials discovered that Williams had, in fact, not violated the law, he was released from jail without being charged and is now pursuing filing a lawsuit for false imprisonment against the police department.

“It was an illegal arrest,” attorney Daniel Rodriguez, retained by Williams, told Bakersfield Now. “They say, ‘Hey, we get a free pass, because we made a mistake. We were ignorant of the law,’” he said. “Ignorance of the law is not a defense. The same goes for the police.”

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