The city of Oakland agreed to pay $9,500 to an independent video journalist known for documenting police misconduct, who claimed police officers wrongfully detained him with a “groundless” jaywalking ticket.

Jacob Crawford, the founder of, said he was given the citation on July 19, 2013 for jaywalking in downtown Oakland after he took photos of police officers at a demonstration protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Crawford said he also asked the officers to identify themselves.

According to the suit, Crawford was handcuffed for several minutes after he received the citation, which was eventually dismissed in traffic court.

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