Boston Pays $170,000 To The Guy Police Arrested For Filming Them

from the don't-mess-with-the-first-amendment dept

Last summer, we wrote about a huge ruling in an appeals court concerning a guy, Simon Glik, who was arrested by Boston police for filming them as they arrested someone else. The court not only found that the arrest was a clear violation of the 1st and 4th Amendments, but that since police should have known the arrest was bogus, following through with it was a civil rights violation for which they could be liable for damages. Because of that, the city has now paid Glik $170,000 to settle the case he filed against them. Not surprisingly, the Boston Police also indicate that they're working hard to make sure this doesn't happen again -- because it could get costly.

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    DannyB (profile), 28 Mar 2012 @ 10:53am

    Re: taxpayers on the hook

    If the problem is fixed early, I'm happy to just stick the department with liability rather than the officers.

    If, somehow this were to go far enough as to stop potential officers from becoming officers, then we end up with a different problem.

    Sure I am willing to stick the liability to individual officers AND the department, if real bodily harm or death occurs.

    As it is, the department, now, seems to be doing the right thing to prevent this from happening.

    Even though not binding on many other police departments, it may be a signal to them to better train their officers as well.

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