Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Good Samaritans Sued In New Hampshire

From: WMUR Home

The city of Keene is accusing a group that feeds parking meters of harassing parking enforcement officers.

Garret Ean, who is involved with Free Keene and other Free State groups, is one of six people named in a lawsuit filed by Keene. Ean and his group of friends call themselves Robin Hood of Keene. They walk the city streets with rolls of dimes and fill parking meters that are about to expire.

"We found that people really appreciate it when you save them from a ticket when you fill their meters," Ean said.

But in its lawsuit, the city accused the group of harassing officers and interfering with their work.

Ean's group records its time on the streets and posts the videos online. In the videos, two or three people can often be seen following the enforcement officers and recording as they look for expired meters.

The city said one enforcement officer suffered stress and anxiety from the group's actions and even experienced heart palpitations.

"I'm not trying to cause anybody medical issues," Ean said. "I feel it's unfortunate if that is the case. I hope there is some way that can be alleviated for him, but I know myself personally, I have been nothing but positive and trying to keep a good demeanor with all of the enforcers."

The lawsuit asks that members of the group stay at least 50 feet away from enforcement officers.

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