- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The city of Portland’s settlement of a lawsuit brought by a Mount Desert Island couple arrested while videotaping officers totals $72,000 in damages and court costs.

Under the settlement, Jill Walker and Sabatino Scattoloni will each receive $30,000, along with $6,000 for attorney fees.

They contended the officer arrested them after ordering them to leave as they were videotaping an arrest. A city spokeswoman said the couple was arrested for refusing to comply, not for videotaping the arrest.

The amount was not originally disclosed but was released after an open records request by the Portland Press Herald.

Zach Heiden, legal director for the ACLU of Maine, said previously that police officers may not like being videotaped but that such recordings are “an important check on potential abuses.”


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