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UC Berkeley shells out $162,500 to reporter arrested during protest

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Back in 2009 during a protest outside UC Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s residence, campus police arrested eight people, including reporter/photographer David Morse, 43, who was covering the event for IndyBay. That’s after they seized his camera. Morse spent the night in jail. No charges were filed against him. He sued. And yesterday UC Berkeley agreed to pay him $162,500 as part of a settlement.
And while UC was settling with Morse, a similar case involving another photographer from IndyBay, aka San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, has entered the pipeline, this one involving the city of Oakland, the Chronicle says:
In a separate case, another Indybay photographer, John Weston Osburn, filed a federal rights suit Friday against the city of Oakland, saying officers injured his wrist and wrongfully arrested him on suspicion of attempted arson as he covered a protest in downtown Oakland.
Osburn said police tampered with the video camera he used to film the 2010 protest after former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of unarmed rider Oscar Grant.
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