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Above the Law? 'Female Forces' Sued Over Media Consent

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By Minara El-Rahman on December 17, 2009 11:50 AM

The Biography Channel's show Female Forces seems to bring out the litigious side in people! Another lawsuit has been filed involving the reality show. This lawsuit is against the City of Naperville, two police officers and the show's production company. The show features female police officers as they go about their patrols. This is the second lawsuit involving Female Forces in the past three months regarding media consent from others shown in the reality tv show.

According to NBC Chicago, Eran Best has filed a federal lawsuit because she claims that she was featured on the show without her consent. She claims that being on the show was the last thing she wanted. She told the Chicago Tribune: "This is the last thing I wanted ... and I was just shocked."

Ms. Best claims that she was pulled over for an expired license plate, but that the show's police officers forced her to stand in the cold, searched her car, and forced her to take a sobriety test (which she passed). Ms. Best learned from family and friends that police officers made fun of her on the show and showed her personal information like her name and address from an officer's computer screen.

The first lawsuit that was filed against the show Female Forces allege the same thing. Two sisters, Chelsea Frederick and Ferrara Daum filed a lawsuit against the City of Naperville, The Biography Channel, and A&E Television Networks LLC in October.

Chicago Now reported that the sisters claimed that Ms. Frederick refused to sign the consent form and that her sister Ms. Daum was never asked to sign a consent form for the footage that the show aired concerning Ms. Frederick's arrest.

Perhaps those production crewmembers for the show need a little training session about how its important to sign media consent forms!

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