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Woman's case dropped over street basketball hoop

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Only 19 Action News had cameras rolling as Cleveland Police hauled away a portable basketball hoop. Only 19 Action News had cameras rolling as Cleveland Police hauled away a portable basketball hoop.
In Cleveland, you can't play basketball in the street. So police took it away from the kids. In Cleveland, you can't play basketball in the street. So police took it away from the kids.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

It was a strange sight that made headlines around the country: Cleveland Police slowly dragging away a portable basketball hoop. A woman was issued a ticket for where it was, but vowed to fight it.

Tuesday was her day in court, but the case lasted just seconds after a city prosecutor suddenly dismissed the case.

So how did it get this far?

Last month in the city's near west side, Cleveland Police hauled away a portable basketball hoop since kids aren't allowed to play ball in the street.

Cheri Fiorilli got a ticket, even though she had only bought the hoop for neighbor kids. So she was set to go to trial, only to have a city prosecutor dismiss the case. Fiorilli and her lawyer think the city was mad 19 Action News put a spotlight on that officer writing the ticket.

So after all that...no ticket or fine. 

In the meantime, a man from out of state saw our earlier news coverage and bought those kids a new hoop.

But this may not be the end of this story: Fiorilli and her lawyer are looking at options, considering legal action against the police.

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