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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:13 PM

Couple arrested for dancing on subway wins $75K settlement from NYPD

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An Upper West Side couple now has no qualms about dancing in the subway, after the city settled with them for $75,000 following a lawsuit when police arrested them for the act.

As CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported, back in July 2011, Caroline Stern, a 55-year-old dentist, and her boyfriend, 54-year-old film prop master George Hess, were dancing the Charleston at the 59th Street-Columbus Circle platform, when they were approached by a couple of NYPD officers who asked them what they were doing.

“And I responded we’re dancing, and they told us it was illegal to dance on the platform,” Stern told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon last year.

When Hess questioned the law the officer quoted, she said the officers asked for identification. All she had at the time was a credit card, and Stern said the officers told her and Hess, who had started recording the exchange on his phone, that they had to go to the precinct.

“I said ‘Hold it, wait. What are you charging us for?’ and the next thing you know…boom, they arrested us, forced me to the ground,” Hess told 1010 WINS’ Rincon last year.
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http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/01/21/couple-will-dance-in-subway-again-after-settlement

http://consumerist.com/2013/01/22/couple-gets-75k-in-settlement-after-arrest-for-dancing-the-charleston-in-nyc-subway

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Renew Deal Jan 2013 OP
struggle4progress Jan 2013 #1
Agony Jan 2013 #2
Th1onein Jan 2013 #4
NBachers Jan 2013 #3
earbuds Jan 2013 #5
DainBramaged Jan 2013 #6
oldandhappy Jan 2013 #7
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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:18 PM

1. mama don allow no subway dancin round here

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:21 PM

2. "The city Law Department said the settlement should not be read as an admission of wrongdoing by

police." Ha HA Ha ha ha HA ha ha ha! Yeah right.... $75k of no wrongdoing

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Response to Agony (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:54 PM

4. RIIIIGHT!

I caught that, too. Assholes.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:45 PM

3. Good

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:56 PM

5. Spam deleted by uppityperson (MIR Team)

 

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Response to earbuds (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:59 PM

6. Wow coudn't give it a couple of posts?

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:20 PM

7. really??!!

Arrested for dancing??!! We should have given then medals for finding joy in any setting. Good folk. Glad they got a little something for their pains. Yikes. Arrested for dancing. That knocks me out.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:28 PM

8. So many cops are total fucking assholes! And never punished!

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 11:59 PM

9. The woman had made a racially biased remark

to the black officers and the couple had been drinking apparently.

Socially out there behavior happens all the time in NY and I would have ignored them in the first place and saved the taxpayers $75k.

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