PINAC Covers Palmer False Arrest Settlement

palmer_pdmassRecently, Ian Freeman of was awarded a $5,000 settlement for false arrest in Palmer, Massachusetts, following his arrest for videorecording in the town hall last October. Carlos Miller of has the story:

After hanging up a makeshift sign banning videography of a public auction inside a Massachusetts town hall last year, then arresting a man who dared go against their wishes, Palmer town officials were forced to dish out a $5,000 settlement to the man last week.

Ian Bernard, better known as Ian Freeman of the Free State Project, said he received over $3,000 of that settlement with the rest going to the ACLU of Massachusetts, who helped secure it.

The settlement once again proves that government officials don’t have the right to make up laws as they go, especially when it comes to public meetings or events. Read more


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