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Photographer Wins $345K Settlement Over Unlawful Arrest While Taking Pictures

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit system (DART) has agreed to pay blogger and photojournalist Avi Adelman $345,000 to settle a lawsuit in which Adelman alleged that he was illegally arrested for taking photos of someone being treated for an overdose.

The incident in question took place over three years ago, in February of 2016, when Adelman rushed to the scene of an overdose that was taking place on DART property. Adelman was documenting the victim as he was being treated by paramedics, when a DART officer approached him and demanded that he stop taking pictures and leave.

After refusing to stop and leave the scene several times, officer Stephanie Branch arrested him for criminal trespass (i.e. not having a transit pass). The entire interaction was captured by the officer’s Sony recorder:

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