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article imageNew York City settling with more Occupy protesters

By Justin King     Jun 11, 2014 in World
New York - The city is paying $583,000 to victims in a lawsuit filed against the city because of NYPD’s handling of the 2012 Occupy protests. This is the largest civil rights payout to Occupy protesters so far.
Fourteen protesters were ordered to leave an area and were arrested when they failed to comply. An attorney for the Occupy activists, Wylie Stecklow, described the incident.
The police, led by supervising officers, stopped peaceful protesters on the sidewalk, surrounded them with a blue wall of police, told them to disperse, and then arrested them before they possibly could. This was an unacceptable violation of basic constitutional rights.
The protesters were arrested for disorderly conduct, but during a pretrial deposition a New York Police Department Official
was unable to point out in videos of the event a single moment when any of the defendants committed any act of disorderly conduct.
This payout is in addition to payouts totaling over $425,000 that have already been made to settle allegations of NYPD misconduct during the Occupy protests. The individual activists in the most recent case will receive payments between $5,000 and $20,000 dollars. This puts the total at over $1 million that has been spent by city paying off those whose rights were allegedly violated by the NYPD.
David Thompson, another attorney for the plaintiffs, described NYPD’s actions to the Gothamist.
Arresting nonviolent protesters helps to protect the true wrongdoers, who are the people, politicians and institutions that have corrupted our economic and political life. The NYPD pursued a policy of arresting thousands of people who were doing nothing wrong.
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