San Francisco Could Be Liable for Any Injuries in Bait Car Sting

Creating a liability for the city?

In the wake of the police's collaboration with the Bait Car reality TV program, disgruntled people caught on the show are now threatening lawsuits. We've blogged about truTV being sued for defamation from someone claiming they never signed a release for his image to be used on TV. But could this come back and bite the city as well?

It certainly did in Dallas, where there is a more conservative culture around civil rights.

A man who drove off in one of the police's bait cars — not for the show

— hit and killed an 83-year-old woman. The city decided it created enough of a legal liability, so it shelled out a $245,000 settlement to the

victim's family, who had sued for wrongful death.


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