Sunday, December 21, 2014

Woman awarded $1.12 million after police strip-searched her to 'make example' of gun-owning 'right wingers'

Saturday, December 20, 2014 by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) A Long Island, New York, mother of three has been awarded $1.12 million by a federal jury after she was falsely arrested while taking pictures at an Air National Guard base in the Hamptons, with a legally owned AR-15 rifle and ammunition in the trunk of her car.

Nancy Genovese, 58, said she was taking photos for a "Support Our Troops" website when she was detained and arrested by Suffolk County authorities, Britain's The Guardian newspaper reported.

"What they took from this woman cannot be measured in money," prominent Long Island civil rights attorney Frederick Brewington told media, following a decision by a federal jury. "There is no reason to treat another human the way they treated her."

He went on to say that Suffolk County deputies humiliated her after arresting her in July 2009 while she took photos of a military helicopter on display outside the Gabreski Airport Air National Guard base in Westhampton Beach on eastern Long Island.

One of the deputies allegedly said she was going to be arrested for terrorism so she could be made an example of to other "right wingers," Brewington asserted.

"Teabagger," "right winger"

"Ms. Genovese was subjected to a level of abuse because they did not share the same political views as she did and saw this as an excuse to deny her even the most basic civil rights," said Brewington.

After her arrest, Genovese filed suit against Suffolk County, the Sheriff's department and other parties for wrongful actions. She claimed in her suit that she was only arrested because she belonged to the Tea Party movement, which essentially advocates for smaller government and fewer taxes.

When arrested, she was charged with criminal trespass and spent four days in jail before being released with no charges filed.

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