Naked Cowboy wins $90,000 settlement from Daytona Beach after arrest during Bike Week

click to enlarge Naked Cowboy wins $90,000 settlement from Daytona Beach after arrest during Bike Week
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The Naked Cowboy, a performer known to strum his guitar in his tighty-whities, settled a lawsuit with Daytona Beach on Wednesday after his arrest during last year's Bike Week.

Robert Burck, the performer, was arrested during the annual motorcycle meet-up. He was charged with panhandling and resisting arrest without violence.

Burck responded by filing a lawsuit against the city and two police officers this past March. The Cowboy, who has played at Bike Week for years, said Daytona’s panhandling ordinance is unconstitutional. He also said the officers violated his Fourth Amendment right, which protects against unreasonable searches.

After some negotiating, the Cowboy offered to settle the case with the city.  Daytona agreed to a sum of $90,000. The settlement keeps the city ordinance free from scrutiny. They admit no wrongdoing and do not have to revoke their panhandling ordinances.


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