Civil Rights

Man who says he was arrested for taking cellphone photos of NYC cops gets $125K settlement

Dick George was allegedly pulled out of his car, arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for taking cellphone photos of New York City police officers as they were stopping and frisking three youths in Brooklyn on June 14, 2012.

George reportedly spent less than an hour in custody. However, he sustained a knee injury during the incident, reports the New York Daily News. George says he was arrested for disorderly conduct after the police overheard him telling the youths that they should get the officers’ badge numbers next time. He also says police deleted the photos from his cellphone.

Now the city has settled for $125,000 the civil rights suit George filed in federal court in Brooklyn.

“After a thorough review of the case facts, it was in the best interest of all to resolve this matter without costly litigation and trial,” the city said in a written statement provided by its lawyer, Brian Francolla.

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