NYC Lawmakers Sue Police over their Treatment of Occupy Protesters

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 1st May 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Members of the city council in New York City have brought suit against its police force for its excesses at Occupy demonstrations.

Trying to rein in the cops

Four members of the New York City Council have filed suit against its own police department, saying "police conduct is so problematic that the force needs an outside monitor. In the federal civil rights suit, the four members contend that the police violated the free speech rights of demonstrators, used excessive force and interfered with the rights of council members, journalists and demonstrators.

"This unlawful conduct has been undertaken with the intention of obstructing, chilling, deterring and retaliating against (the) plaintiffs for engaging in constitutionally protected protest activity," charged the suit. The four city council members who brought the suit are Letitia James, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Ydanis Rodriguez and Jumaane Williams who issued a statement saying they felt they needed to go beyond City Hall to address their growing concern. "We need accountability, we need relief, and we're not going to just sit idly by," said Williams. He and Mark-Viverito were among dozens arrested for sitting down on the Brooklyn Bridge at a November 17, 2011 demonstration. Rodriguez was arrested while trying to make it to the protester's Zucotti Park encampment as police cleared it on November 15, 2011.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has spoken of the NYPD as his own personal army, defended his men in blue. "This police department knows how to control crowds without excessive force. They do allow you to protest, but they don't let it get out of hand."

Click on the video below to see how the NYPD, according to Mayor Bloomberg, operates with "restraint."

Links:
Brutal, Unspeakable Police Brutality in the United States
N. Y. Mayor Bloomberg, A Man with his own Army

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
1st May 2012 (#)

Problems for sure, it was a violation of free speech.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
2nd May 2012 (#)

Unrest and police action really concern. All these make a hell for us.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd May 2012 (#)

Yes they do indeed. Thanks for commenting Pradeep.

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
2nd May 2012 (#)

The best of it is that the police dont actually make the connection that they are part of the 99% that the 1% dont care about ... they should be standing united with these people not using force against them.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd May 2012 (#)

You're so right. It's like when blue-collar folks vote for Republicans - they have no clue that they're voting for their own repression. Thank you 1Faithmorgan

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author avatar Buzz
2nd May 2012 (#)

It's about time they were taken to court for the abuses but I'm not sure if the judges are not part of the 1%.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd May 2012 (#)

Virtually all of the judges are defenders of the 1 percent. The one percent make the laws and own the courts.

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author avatar Retired
10th May 2012 (#)

Thanks for the updates, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th May 2012 (#)

And thanks for commenting, rama devi.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
15th May 2012 (#)

Thanks, Steve. We should all be wary. I have had good and bad experiences with the police. I have been threatened with arrest twice within the past few months and I was protesting for my own personal rights.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
19th May 2012 (#)

Ditto Ivy. Thanks for sharing Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th May 2012 (#)

There will come a time, perhaps not soon, but eventually, when the police will join us.

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