Detained photographer settles lawsuit
Meridian Township — A Lansing-area man who sued a police officer after he was detained after photographing shoppers at a store has reached a settlement in the case.
The Grand Rapids Press reports Roy Stephens of Ingham County last week reached the agreement in the lawsuit, which had been filed in U.S. District Court. Terms weren’t disclosed.
The lawsuit came after Stephens was detained Oct. 7, 2012, outside a Kohl’s in Ingham County’s Meridian Township. He says he was testing the features of a new digital camera, taking photos and video of customers from a vehicle while his wife shopped inside.
An attorney for Officer Andrew Tobias said that the officer acted properly and had reasonable suspicion to briefly detain Stephens after being called to the scene to investigate a suspicious situation.