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 @ 1:18pm

    Re: Re: Re: taxpayers on the hook

    I didn't say no punishment. But not something that could end a career or financially ruin someone.

    Yeah an arrest and violating the guy's rights is terrible. And I'm glad he won. I would be horrified if he lost. But it sounds like the department is fixing the problem.

    And the really bad officers who break the law in ways that result in bodily harm, yes they should be severely punished. Also, I do think officers should be held to a higher standard.

    > Not because it is the right thing to do.

    If the financial penalty fixes it, that's better than nothing.

    Hopefully the penalty was just the wake up call to make them recognize that it is the right thing to do.

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