LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – An attorney for the city of Lincoln has asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to reverse a district judge’s quarter-million-dollar judgment against it for police calling an innocent woman a thief on TV and online.
The Lincoln Police Department posted a photo on its Facebook page and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Crime Stoppers website of Shayla Funk withdrawing cash from her own bank account in the spring of 2013. Police also featured the case in two segments on local TV news.
The bank gave police video of the wrong person in a theft case because of an incorrect time stamp.
Assistant City Attorney Elizabeth Elliott argued in court Tuesday that the police department’s actions were done in good faith. But Funk’s attorney, Vince Powers, argued that police acted carelessly.