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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD 231

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from the cheaper-than-a-trial dept.
mpicpp sends word of a $125,000 settlement for a man who was arrested for photographing members of the New York Police Department. On June 14th, 2012, the man was sitting in his car when he saw three African-American youths being stopped and frisked by police officers. He began taking pictures of the encounter, and after the police were done, he advised the youths to get the officers' badge numbers next time. When the officers heard him, they pulled him violently from his car and arrested him under a charge of disorderly conduct. The police allegedly deleted the pictures from his phone (PDF). Rather than go to trial, the city's lawyers decided a settlement was the best course of action.
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

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  • by bouldin (828821) on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @07:49PM (#47708039)

    Answer:
    When either one does viciously illegal shit, they get away without punishment, and somebody else pays the fine!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @07:59PM (#47708117)

    Black people have had to deal with this in the States since well, always.

    And now with the cops feeling all big and powerful with their military surplus toys, they are harassing white people, arresting them for no good reason and even physically harming them.

    We will start to see changes now - I hope. Although, there are still too many (mostly old people) who still think the cops will not harm you if you do nothing wrong. The subject of the article did NOTHING wrong, but yet he was injured and arrested.

    By the way, the President of the US is THE top of the Executive branch - meaning HE is in charge of ALL the police around the country - if I remember my high school civics correctly (yeah, I'm that old and it was back when education was about having an educated electorate and not training for McJobs).

    Shame on you Obama. And Double shame for being a Black guy and NOT doing something.

  • Re:precedent (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @08:18PM (#47708267)

    Rights: You know... your right to remain silent (unless told to "start talking", or forced to talk with torture), your right to attorney (after they get done with you), your right for a fair trial (unless charged with the espionage act, thrown into gitmo, or blown up by drone strike), etc. You have plenty of rights*. You live in the land of the free and home of the brave!

    *some exceptions apply. Void where prohibited by law (aka constitutional free zones) or where simply inconvenient (e.g. NSA, TSA, etc).

  • by apraetor (248989) on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @08:25PM (#47708339)
    Contracts between a private individual and a government entity are not protected by any such privacy considerations. The public has a vested interest, and a right, to scrutinize their government's conduct and to know why it's tax money is being paid to a private individual.
  • by sexconker (1179573) on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @08:31PM (#47708367)

    What I love is none of this 'terms kept confidential' nonsense that is so typical in court settlements.

    The public has a right to know.

    You do realize that settlements are basically private contracts right? Are you really saying that I must publicly disclose the terms of any private contract I am a party to, just because the "Public has a right to know"?

    No, No, they don't have a right to know. I may allow you to use my intellectual property and by contract disclose it to you for your use, but that doesn't mean everybody in the world is now entitled to see everything.

    When a crime is involved (such as unlawful arrest, harassment, theft of property, etc. the cops engaged in), the public has a right to know.
    When one of the parties IS the state or one of its many agencies, the public has a right to know.
    When the public courts handle a case on the matter, criminal or not, for however long, the public has a right to know regardless of whether the case is settled by the court of by the parties outside of the court.

  • by YrWrstNtmr (564987) on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @08:35PM (#47708399)
    I take it you've never been Black, right?

    And you've also never heard of 'Stop and Frisk'. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S... [wikipedia.org]
  • no prison? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @09:09PM (#47708601)

    America will not have faith in big government until cops who do things like this, lose their jobs because of unexcused absenses due to their felony prison sentences. Who is preventing these prosecutions? Are Repubs giving extra criminal powers to police, in order to increase scepticism of govt?

  • Re:Leave New York (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cdrudge (68377) on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @09:35PM (#47708751) Homepage

    Exactly. Leave New York and go somewhere safe and free and rights are respected. I'd suggest somewhere in the safe Midwest, close to a major city so that you have services and activities that are of interest, but not too close so that you are under the actual jurisdiction of the big city's police department. I hear the St. Louis area is nice and quite. Maybe Ferguson?

    It's not a New York City problem or even a big city problem, it's a law enforcement problem.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @10:09PM (#47708953)

    WTF is with all you idiots bitching about Obama's vacations. Reagan only played eight rounds of golf? Well gee, I guess Obama should be more hard working, like Reagan, right?

    Reagan: 335 vacation days in 8 years = 41 days per year
    Obama: 129 vacation days in 5.5 years = 23 days per year. (shit...I get more vacation days than that)

    Yep, Obama...what a slacker. He also took fewer days than either GW Bush or GHW Bush (but more than Clinton).

  • Once again!!! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Rigel47 (2991727) on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @10:19PM (#47708993)
    The taxpayer is on the hook for CRIMES committed by cops.

    From Gen. Alexander's willful and wanton (and unpersecuted) perjury on down to cops killing and chilling there is NO accountability in this country if you're on of "the good guys."
  • by NotSanguine (1917456) on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @10:21PM (#47709017) Journal

    WTF is with all you idiots bitching about Obama's vacations. Reagan only played eight rounds of golf? Well gee, I guess Obama should be more hard working, like Reagan, right?

    Reagan: 335 vacation days in 8 years = 41 days per year Obama: 129 vacation days in 5.5 years = 23 days per year. (shit...I get more vacation days than that)

    Yep, Obama...what a slacker. He also took fewer days than either GW Bush or GHW Bush (but more than Clinton).

    Don't bother. These guys have learned their lessons from the G.W. Bush Administration [wikipedia.org]:

    The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actorsand you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

    our friends are very busy out there creating new realities. They don't have time for that "fact" stuff.

  • Re: idgi (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @11:09PM (#47709261)

    Think of how messed up this is for a minute. The police deleted the pictures from his phone. They tampered with evidence by gaining unauthorized access to his phone. The power we allow law enforcement nowadays, we are all at the mercy of moody people with guns who can peer into and modify your personal belongings. Oh also the law is not on your side on this, I'm glad the dude decided to "forgive" them.

  • by WaffleMonster (969671) on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @11:20PM (#47709315)

    1. Nationally require body cameras always rolling while on-duty. Knowing you won't get away with unprofessional behavior = priceless.

    2. Total national outlaw of plea deals because coercion is morally indefensible. This is supposed to be the "land of the free" not North Korea.

    3. Total ban on performance/incentive structures having effect of perverting justice. This includes linkages between career status/advancement and prosecution rates and officer ticketing/arrest quotas.

    4. Total ban on mandatory minimum sentencing.

  • by Lord Kano (13027) on Tuesday August 19, 2014 @11:51PM (#47709449) Homepage Journal

    I agree, that the only thing that's new is that the police are now treating middle and upper income white people they they have always treated poor whites and minorities.

    The President is the head of the Executive branch of government, he is sometimes called the "Chief Law Enforcement Officer in The United States" but he has no authority to direct local police in any way.

    He can instruct the FBI to carry out his directives because they are a part of the Department of Justice which is an Executive Branch agency.

    LK

  • Re:idgi (Score:2, Insightful)

    by tanstaaf1 (770797) on Wednesday August 20, 2014 @03:49AM (#47710315)
    Selective enforcement of laws is essential for our Masters to retain power. They need to have something to barter for compliance with tyranny.
  • by silfen (3720385) on Wednesday August 20, 2014 @03:50AM (#47710319)

    And now with the cops feeling all big and powerful...

    Nothing much has changed. Cops in the US have been killing about 400 people/year for decades, almost all of them people who attack them, threaten others, or suspects who run away from them. All of those are (generally speaking) legal justifications for the use of deadly force (of course, details matter).

    We will start to see changes now - I hope

    No, we will not, because the majority of people prefer it that way. If you look at polls, people more concerned about being hurt by criminals than they are about being hurt by police.

    By the way, the President of the US is THE top of the Executive branch - meaning HE is in charge of ALL the police around the country

    The president is only head of the federal government. Police is mostly local and state matter, and policies are set at the local and state level. Police operates the way it does either because local communities like it that way, or because local communities are too stupid to change it.

    Don't hold your breath for any changes.

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