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UC Berkeley to Pay Photog $162,500 for Wrongful Arrest

The University of California has agreed to dish out a $162,500 settlement to David Morse, a 43-year-old photographer who was arrested back in 2009 while covering a student protest. The SF Chronicle writes,

[The suit] an officer told Morse, “We want your camera. We believe your camera contains evidence of a crime.”

The officers ignored his press pass and arrested him and seven others on suspicion of rioting, threatening an education official, attempted burglary, attempted arson of an occupied building, vandalism, and assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, the suit said.

Morse spent the night in jail. Prosecutors declined to file charges.

But police obtained a search warrant and used several of his photos in brochures and online in hopes that the public could identify individuals.

As part of the settlement, the police department has also agreed to modify its procedures regarding seeking materials from journalists and will be conducting training sessions teaching its officers about media rights.

UC pays to settle photographer’s suit over arrest (via PDN Pulse)


Image credit: 200911x_098 by Paul A Hernandez


 
 
  • fred

    not enough.

  • Frank MacGill

    It is really bad about that guy and what they did and they shouldnt do it anymore because it is really bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Caulford/571563007 Nathan Caulford

    Teaching police about rights (the law) — wow! What a concept!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Caulford/571563007 Nathan Caulford

    Indeed, Frank. Indeed.

  • Adam

    Seriously not enough. Heads must roll.