Jury rules against Eugene police in video case
Monday, January 23, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A federal jury has ruled against a Eugene police sergeant in a video recording case.
The jury ruled Monday that Sgt. Bill Solesbee used excessive force in arresting environmental activist Josh Schlossberg and violated his constitutional rights during a confrontation in March 2009 outside a bank.
The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/QQjP7f ) the jury awarded Schlossberg nearly $6,000 in damages
Before the trial began last week, the judge ruled Solesbee violated Schlossberg's rights by viewing the contents of the camera without a search warrant.
Police Chief Pete Kerns says he still does not think Solesbee did anything wrong, but officers are now discouraged from similar arrests because of court decisions upholding citizens' right to make video recordings of police in public.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com