Attorneys for the city of Belfast and its police chief, Mike McFadden, are filing a motion to expedite a lawsuit seeking millions in damages for the alleged false arrest of a resident.

The attorneys state in court documents filed March 29 they will submit a motion for summary judgment in the lawsuit filed against the city and its police chief by Bradley Williams. Williams is also suing the county and a sheriff's deputy.

A summary judgment is a procedural tool that can be used in civil litigation that allows a case to be disposed of promptly without the need for a trial.

Williams is suing the city and its police chief for allegedly violating his First, Fourth, Sixth, Ninth and Fourteenth amendment rights when he was arrested for filing a court motion to Phish drummer Jon Fishman.

According to court documents, the attorneys write that Williams, in his lawsuit, fails to distinguish between the named defendants and that many of the allegations are nonsensical.

“Although not entirely clear, (Williams') claims against Belfast defendants appear to be based on unlawful arrest and the use of excessive force under the Fourth Amendment and due process under the Fourteenth Amendment,” the lawyers write. “He also alleges conspiracy to violate his civil rights and, given a generous reading, a supervisory and municipal liability claim. He also alleges state law tort claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress and malicious prosecution.”

As to the claim that Williams was falsely arrested, subjected to excessive force, suffered emotional distress and was denied adequate medical care, the attorneys write that Williams cannot establish that the city or McFadden are liable. The attorneys note that Belfast Police Department never arrested Williams on either of the dates that are alleged in the lawsuit, June 27, 2016, and Aug. 31, 2016.

The attorneys write that Williams fails to prove he was the subject of malicious prosecution or that he was denied medical care because Belfast police never arrested him.

The motion for summary judgment is expected to be filed no later than May 3 and Williams will have until June 19 to respond.

Attorneys for the city and McFadden note that they received additional information from Williams after a court ordered he respond to multiple discovery requests. The delay in response from Williams prevented the attorneys from deciding if a motion for summary judgment was practical.