Nebraska Supreme Court upholds lawsuit for wrongly accused woman

Posted by: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld a nearly $260,000 judgment against the city of Lincoln and a local Crime Stoppers organization for wrongly accusing a woman of theft on TV and online.

The high court in its ruling Friday rejected the city’s arguments that Shayla Funk was not entitled to damages.

Funk sued the Lincoln Police Department after her image from bank surveillance video appeared on the Lincoln-Lancaster County Crime Stoppers website with the claim that she was a "crook" who made ATM withdrawals using a stolen credit card. Police also made the claim on local TV news.

But the bank had given police video of the wrong person – a problem the Supreme Court said could have been avoided if police had simply verified the accuracy of the video.