Man who got arrested after recording cursing cop gets $72K
BOSTON (AP) – A Massachusetts man who got arrested after videotaping a foul-mouthed police officer has been awarded more than $72,000 in a settlement.
George Thompson had recorded Fall River police Officer Thomas Barboza loudly and repeatedly cursing on his cellphone while working a traffic detail in front of Thompson’s home in January 2014.
Barboza threatened and arrested him. He took Thompson’s phone, and police later deleted its contents.
Charges against Thompson were eventually dropped.
Thompson filed a civil rights lawsuit later that year. His attorney said Tuesday that Fall River paid him $72,500.
A message for Barboza’s attorney wasn’t immediately returned. A man who answered the phone at a number listed for Barboza told The Associated Press he would file harassment charges if he were called again.