City Councilman Beaten, Wrongfully Arrested By NYPD During Occupy Wall Street Wins $30k Settlement

It’s more than three years down the line and Occupy Wall Street is still winning in court. According to Gothamist, a New York City Councilmember was just awarded $30 thousand in a settlement for being assaulted by cops and “wrongfully arrested” in the clearing of Zuccotti Park back in 2011. You can see a bit of coverage on that from Democracy Now, below:

Three months after Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez was assaulted by cops and arrested in November of 2011, he filed a civil rights lawsuit. The 2012 filing was a federal suit aimed at Bloomberg’s administration, as well as (obviously) the NYPD, for their rough and tumble tactics.

Early on, the police alleged that the representative for Inwood, Washington Heights and Marble Hill, “shoved a female officer and resisted arrest.” The tune soon changed, however, when the Manhattan DA’s office chose not to prosecute Rodriguez.

Rodriguez filed the suit with three other members of the council, as well: then-members Letitia James and Melissa Mark-Viverito, and acting Councilmember Jumaane Williams. The suit alleged that the NYPD, as well as the city, itself, all violated the 1st Amendment and often used more force than necessary. It also claimed TIME Magazine allegedly pulled a picture of the councilmember being pinned to the ground by the NYPD due to heavy influence from the mayor’s office.

Rodriguez has declined comment on the settlement in his favor, but his lawyer says the councilmember plans to donate the entire $30k to charity. Hopefully, that charity’s work will be based in social justice.


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