Simon Glik, the attorney who last year forced the First Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm that recording police in public is not a crime, will receive a $170,000 settlement from the City of Boston, stemming from his 2007 arrest for recording police in a public park.

Even though criminal charges against Glik were quickly dismissed, it took five years to settle the case because police were seeking qualified immunity in making unlawful arrests, which would have protected them from such lawsuits.

Obviously, they were under the impression that the long-standing legal principle of ignorance of the law excuses no one did not apply to them.

Last year’s First Circuit decision not only affirmed that police do not have an expectation of privacy, it ruled that police do not have qualified immunity from making these bonehead arrests, which allowed Glik to proceed with his lawsuit for the unlawful arrest.

Earlier this year, Boston police admitted they had made a mistake in arresting Glik and this month the City of Boston settled another case for $1.4 million.

And they may have to dish out more money in another lawsuit involving a man named Maury Paulino.

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