Merrifield resident Troy Scheffler filed a civil complaint in U.S. District Court that was shared with the Crow Wing County Board on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

During open forum, Scheffler appeared for a second time dressed as a clown. With him were two other men in costume who did not identify themselves. Scheffler shared his opinion on COVID-19 and one of his associates delivered papers to Chairman Steve Barrows that were described as a civil complaint.

The complaint alleges violations of the Drivers Privacy Protection Act, invasion of privacy, defamation, retaliation for exercising First Amendment rights, unlawful withholding of material data requested by Scheffler surrounding the prosecution of Nisswa Mayor Fred Heidmann and a Fourth Amendment violation involving unlawful search of Scheffler’s data.

Defendants include Crow Wing County, Sheriff Scott Goddard and Capt. Joe Meyer. Scheffler is seeking compensatory damages in excess of $75,000, punitive damages in excess of $75,000 and other relief.

Scheffler previously filed a similar complaint in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis against the city of Nisswa, its police chief and a police officer, citing similar allegations and seeking similar damages.