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Minnesota settles lawsuit against woman who filmed police pointing gun at black driver

Amy Koopman said she wanted to live-stream the encounter on Facebook to ensure the safety of the two black men and to get police results.

A white woman, charged after she recorded police pulling a firearm at a black motorist during a traffic stop in 2018, has settled a lawsuit with the city of Minnesota for $70,000.

Amy Koopman has filed a lawsuit against the city of Robinsdale and police officers Christine Allen, Joshua Heasley and Nicole Saba, according to the Star Tribune. He was facing a misdemeanor charge of obstructing the justice system after live-streaming a police officer who was arrested.

Koopman was reportedly a member of a group that gathered at a nearby intersection to observe the encounter. The police instructed bystanders to move away from the fire.

Amy Koopman has settled a lawsuit with the City of Robinsdale, Minnesota after being charged with misdemeanor charges for livestreaming a police encounter involving two black motorists in 2018. (Photo credit: YouTube/ACLU Minnesota)

She yelled at the police to put away their weapons, and she turned herself in for obstruction after the man was arrested. A Hennepin County judge then dismissed her charges after concluding that no reasonable officer could consider her screaming to physically impede or impede her performance of her duties. did.

“The ability to document police, be a witness and bring police misconduct under public scrutiny is essential to deter police killings and over-policing,” reported The Star Tribune. Sending a clear message to law enforcement agencies statewide and cracking down on people’s constitutional rights to record or speak to police is bad public policy and will not be tolerated.”

Heasley pulled over after reading the license plate and discovering the registered owner was wanted for a felony of first-degree robbery, according to court records. Allen and Saba joined him at the stop. The city’s response to Koopman’s lawsuit claims police have safely detained the two of them.

After her misdemeanor criminal complaint was dismissed in 2019, Koopman, who was a church secretary and seminary student at the time of the encounter, filed a lawsuit against the city.

City attorney Jason Hivery said Robinsdale and its insurer, the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, would be willing to let Mr. Coopman release the city and its police officers from the lawsuit. Said he agreed to pay. He added that by resolving cases out of court, attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred in court proceedings can be minimized.

Hivery said the city agreed to non-financial terms for guidelines, protocols and training.

The settlement would require the Robinsdale Police Department to develop rules codifying the right of bystanders to observe and record police activity, but not allow bystanders to do so or verbally criticize their actions. Police officers are prohibited from retaliating against There should also be a policy that subjects officers who violate the law or ignore departmental policies to disciplinary action, including termination.

In addition to the Minnesota ACLU, pro bono attorneys from Bass Law Firm and Forsgren Fisher McCalmont DeMarea Tysver represented Koopman in the litigation. She said she wanted to live stream the encounter on Facebook to ensure the safety of the two black men involved and to impose consequences on police.

According to The Star Tribune, Mr Koopman said he was “proud and humbled that we were able to set their feet on fire and push them as far as we did toward reform and reparations.” “This allows us to let other police stations know that there are citizens who are filming them, holding them accountable, and fighting them for as long as necessary to ensure that people’s rights are upheld.” I hope.”

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