An arbitrator has ruled the Chicago Park District must be responsible for the cost of frisking fans attending NFL games at Soldier Field.
The park district owns the home of the Chicago Bears. The arbitrator ruled that the district must also be prepared for any legal bills from a possible court challenge to the patdowns. That's on top of the 10-thousand-dollar-a-game cost of the searches. Parks Superintendent Timothy Mitchell says that could mean "hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars being spent in legal fees." He says there are still unresolved legal questions, other than the district's contractual obligation to the Bears. Earlier this month, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by the park district which challenged the searches as a violation of the prohibition on unreasonable searches under the Fourth Amendment to the U-S Constitution.