$40K settlement in Atlanta for filiming cops

Discussion in 'Photography, Law & Travel' started by Mike, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    This is several months old, but I just became aware of it ....

    AJC (10 Feb 2011): APD won't hinder citizens who videotape cops

    Figuring a 50/50 split, a guy with just the right 'tude & demeanor could make a decent living at this. :)
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    $40K isn't enough to cause a city any real pain so thnking it will happen again.
  3. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    You're probably right, but I'm thinking that because the commitment to respect 1st amendment rights is part of the "agreement", violations to the agreement will probably result in stiffer penalties.
  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    The police, city council, and others all take an oath to defend the Constitution yet they still do these kinds of things. $40K won't make any difference!
  5. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    You're probably right. Before the Unpatriot Act, I was an optimist. Sometimes I revert.
  6. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Hopes springs eternal

    This type of crap wont stop until the settlements get into the million plus dollar range, then will be a wake up call. That or the officers involved are forced to cough up the settlement then this will stop as the cops will think twice when there paycheck and pension are in jeopardy.
  7. rockon

    rockon Original Member

    Even that won't stop it. I lived in SEA for a while (DOJ is currently investigating the SPD). Most recent settlement was earlier this year and it was over a million.

    The unions should be brought into this. If settlements were shared by the taxpayers and the unions, we might start seeing the 'blue line' fade a bit.

    This particularly caught my eye: "training is to be carried out during police roll calls".

    ?? The Atlanta cops need to be 'trained' to not harass folks filming police activity?

    You know, when little kids, kids as young as 4 years old, go to daycare, they are expected to know and follow the rules. There's no 'retraining' and 're-retraining' ad nauseum. They are expected to know that they have to ask permission to use to the bathroom (may be good 'training' for flying in the US) - any deviation from the rules doesn't result in 're-training' - it results in consequences of some sort.

    So why do we expect so much less of adults?
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    You guys are completely missing the point of my post. :p

    The median household income in 2008 (latest year for which census figures are available) was $53.3K.

    At $40K/settlement, estimated 50/50 split between attorney & plaintiff, you would only need to have 3 such cases in the pipeline annually to achieve > median income, tax free.

    Blacks (average household income only $34.2K in 2008) could improve their financial lot with less effort, given that they are more likely to attract unwanted attention by the police (photographing while black?) and would only need to get two cases in the pipeline annually.

    This is a great opportunity for carreer agitators! :D
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I think there is one CopWatch volunteer in Minneapolis who has collected > 1 settlement. Downside was that the cops beat him up rather badly on one occasion, which did yield a few bonus bucks.
  10. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    IMHO it should have earned hard time for the perps (er, cops)!

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