It was bad enough that New York City police officers felt the need to harass a couple who began dancing on a subway platform after a nearby musician began playing the drums.
But when the dancing man pulled out a camera to record the harassment, it landed the couple in jail for 23 hours.
Caroline Stern, 55, and George Hess, 54, were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest because they were allegedly impeding the flow of traffic, even though there were only about three people on the platform.
The incident took place last year. The couple is now suing.
According to the New York Post:
When Hess began trying to film the encounter, things got ugly, Stern said.
“We brought out the camera, and that’s when they called backup,” she said. “That’s when eight ninja cops came from out of nowhere.”
Hess was allegedly tackled to the platform floor, and cuffs were slapped on both of them. The initial charge, according to Stern, was disorderly conduct for “impeding the flow of traffic.”
“There was nobody on the platform. There were, like, three people,” she said.
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CARLOS MILLER’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.
My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.
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