Couple arrested for dancing in public awarded $75,000

Caroline Stern and George Hess 
By: Feng Qian 

(Scroll down for video) A New York couple was arrested and charged for dancing in public inside a subway station, according to court proceedings in New York.

Following their ordeal, the couple filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department in federal court, for unlawful arrest.

Now, New York City paid $75,000 to settle the federal lawsuit by the Manhattan couple, who claimed they were arrested for no reason on the subway platform.

Caroline Stern, 55, and her boyfriend, George Hess, 54, sued the city in federal court in Manhattan last year for their arrest after which they spent 23 hours in custody.

Stern, a dentist, and Hess, a movie prop master, had just left Jazz, at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer
Night’s Swing, when they found a steel drum player on a nearly empty platform at the Columbus Circle subway station and began to dance.

Two police officers told them that their happy feet were not allowed and arrested them after Stern could produce only a credit card, which had her picture of her, as identification.

Stern said she and Hess were happy with the deal, but believed that their arrest and the case that followed should have been avoided.



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