Denver was forced to pay a pilot $ 300k after he was arrested for being naked at the window of his hotel room
The city of Denver was forced to pay $ 300,000 to a United Airlines pilot after he was wrongly accused of indecent exposure while standing naked in front of his hotel room on the 10th floor.
Captain Andrew Collins was arrested in September last year when a witness called the police after seeing him at the Westin Hotel window at Denver International Airport.
The 22-year-old veteran of the airline, who had been suspended for six months from his role, admitted that he was standing in front of the window, but denied that he was deliberately parading himself.
And he has now received the huge payout after a settlement in his illegal arrest case with the city of Denver after he did not plead guilty and a judge dismissed the charge, Denver ABC reports.
Married father of three Collins from Leesburg, Virginia, said he didn't know he was visible to anyone in the terminal when he stood by the window.
Images showed the moment when a topless Collins was being held by the police.
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Captain Andrew Collins, pictured on the left and with his wife, flight attendant Jill Babich, was arrested in September 2018 at the Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport
Images showed the moment when a topless Collins was being held by the police. The 22-year-old veteran of the airline, who had been suspended for six months from his role, admitted that he was standing in front of the window, but denied that he was deliberately parading himself
Video, provided by the body cams of two officers, had been edited for quite some time but showed that a shirtless Collins was being held. At some point an officer must help Collins put on a shirt.
It is said that a witness informed the police that he saw the pilot & # 39; touching himself & # 39; and waved at him, but Collins claimed that that was not the case. & # 39;
He told The Denver Post shortly after his arrest: & # 39; I got ready for a shower and was on the phone. It was a beautiful morning and I opened the curtains for my window. I could not see the terminal.
& # 39; We do not dispute that I was standing naked in front of the hotel window.
& # 39; Some witnesses said that I danced, spun and waved. I'm completely innocent. It is really a shame that it happened at all. & # 39;
The pilot claimed to be on the phone for about 24 minutes when the police started pounding on his door and pulling their weapons when he opened. Collins was handcuffed and taken to the airport prison.
Married father of three Collins from Leesburg, Virginia, said he didn't know he was visible to anyone in the terminal when he was standing in front of the hotel window, in the photo
The video, delivered by the cams of two officers, had been edited for quite some time but showed that a shirtless Collins was being held. At some point an officer must help Collins put on a shirt
His lawyer, Craig Silverman, said it wasn't a crime for Collins to be naked in Denver in his hotel room. He claims that his client did not know that people could see him.
In a statement he said: “A respected family man and an excellent veteran pilot, Captain Collins was the victim of unjustified and legitimate access to his hotel room, followed by an arrest and days of miserable detention.
& # 39; The criminal case against Captain Collins was rightly rejected, but not before Captain Collins was suspended from his work for half a year as a direct result of the unlawful accusations against him. & # 39;
Collins, who is flying back, said the impact of the incident is something that he & # 39; must explain every day without fail & # 39 ;. He is depicted with wife Jill
Silverman said in November last year: & # 39; From this hotel room you cannot see people working in the hall. The half-windows are tinted green and are opaque and reflective. It is like looking at a green wall or a green mirror.
& # 39; From the hall, at that time of the morning, without my client's knowledge, you can look at the Westin rooms, but the distance is such that you can't see much other than a human form.
& # 39; My client had a reasonable expectation that nobody could look through his window. He was unaware of people watching him as he concentrated on his important telephone conversation as he walked through his room.
& # 39; There are no indications of any sexual activity that demonstrates an intention to arouse or satisfy a person's sexual desire. & # 39;
Silverman added: & # 39; The DIA Westin, managed by Marriot, performed poorly, we would like them to take more responsibility. & # 39;
A police report had said: & # 39; The suspect opened the window to his hotel room, which looks out over the hotel square, and in full view of the public he stood completely naked in his window and exposed himself and his genitals to it general public. & # 39;
Collins, who is flying back, said the impact of the incident is something that he & # 39; must explain every day without fail & # 39 ;. He told Fox 31 Monday: & # 39; This is how we protect our rights – by keeping people accountable. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; I have been tagged by Homeland Security, every time I return to the country, I am pulled aside and asked if I have had any problems with the law. & # 39;
Collins said he is going to donate part of his settlement to Innocence Project.
Facebook had indicated that he is married to a flight attendant named Jill Babich.
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