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Man sues over loss of 'dirty' photo
    #4236423 - 05/30/05 01:27 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

:rotfl:


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Man sues over loss of 'dirty' photo

He took picture of Hudson cop stuck in mud; cop erased image

Saturday, May 28, 2005
Karen Farkas
Plain Dealer Reporter


Hudson- It was bad enough that police officer David Devore got stuck in the mud in his cruiser. But he got really mad when a resident took a picture of him.

So Devore took the memory card from the man's digital camera and erased the images.

For that action, he was suspended for a day and sued.

John Bell III filed the lawsuit Friday in Summit County Common Pleas Court against Devore and the city, claiming his civil rights were violated because he was stopped without probable cause, wrongfully detained, verbally abused and deprived of his property.

Jody Roberts, the city's communications manager, said the city and Devore agreed that he behaved inappropriately but that Bell's civil rights were not violated. Devore could not be reached for comment.

Bell, who is seeking more than $25,000 in punitive damages, unsuccessfully sought a settlement with the city, according to the lawsuit.

In the settlement request, Bell asked for $500,000 and new Police Department procedures, including psychological testing of officers, according to the lawsuit. The city's settlement offer was $1,000.

"His behavior was outrageous," Bell's attorney, Dean Hoover, said of Devore. "A day off without pay was a rap on the wrist."

Bell, 38, was driving to his home on Terex Road around 9 a.m. Feb. 6 when he saw a police car mired in the mud near his driveway, according to court documents.

Bell went home, got his camera and took several shots.

"His motivation was his whimsical sense of humor," Hoover said.

Devore, watching his car being towed out, did not find it funny, Hoover said. After Bell drove off, Hoover said, Devore radioed another officer to stop Bell without giving a reason. Devore pulled up, approached Bell and ordered Bell to give him his camera.

"You have three seconds to hand over your digital camera or I am going to make your life a living hell," Devore said, according to Bell's lawsuit.

Bell handed him the camera, and Devore removed the memory card.

When Bell picked up the card at the police station later that day, the images had been erased.

Devore was suspended a day without pay Feb. 15 for conduct unbecoming an officer, according to a disciplinary action form from the department.

It said he was counseled and his future traffic stops would be scrutinized and evaluated.


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Re: Man sues over loss of 'dirty' photo [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #4236427 - 05/30/05 01:29 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

:lol:  Lil piggy rollin in the mud got all embarassed..


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Re: Man sues over loss of 'dirty' photo [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #4236436 - 05/30/05 01:31 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

What a stick in the mud that cop is. I hope he regrets abusing his power.




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Re: Man sues over loss of 'dirty' photo [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #4236451 - 05/30/05 01:36 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Cops are definatley best when they have a sense of humor!

Travel out of state: $50
Ticket to rave: $30
One pill of E: $20
Taking your pic with a cop while rolling...priceless!


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Re: Man sues over loss of 'dirty' photo [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #4236453 - 05/30/05 01:38 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Was this policeman aware that you were under the influence?





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Re: Man sues over loss of 'dirty' photo [Re: Learyfan]
    #4236461 - 05/30/05 01:41 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

Learyfan said:
Was this policeman aware that you were under the influence?



Thats not me, but I took the photo. And I'm sure he knew that most people there were under the influence since it was a large rave. The cops were pretty cool, just there to keep an eye on things. They'd have had to arrest about 20,000 people if they wanted to take in everyone under the influence!!


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Re: Man sues over loss of 'dirty' photo [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #4236566 - 05/30/05 02:28 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

ToTheSummit said:
Cops are definatley best when they have a sense of humor!

Travel out of state: $50
Ticket to rave: $30
One pill of E: $20
Taking your pic with a cop while rolling...priceless!


:grin:




heh...that mystery man looks suspiciously familiar... :grin:


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Re: Man sues over loss of 'dirty' photo [Re: Rono]
    #4236646 - 05/30/05 03:00 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

I know that guy....



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