NYC agrees to pay millions to protesters boxed in by police
New York City will pay $21,500 each to hundreds of protesters who were boxed in by police during racial justice protests in 2020, according to a court filing.
Why it matters: If a judge approves the settlement, it would be one of the largest sums ever awarded per person in a class action case surrounding mass arrests, the New York Times reports.
- The settlement would cost the city somewhere in the ballpark of $4 million and $6 million. About 300 people were at the protest, and about 90 of them settled with the city on other complaints.
- In 2010, Washington, D.C., agreed to pay $18,000 per person to those arrested during a protest near the World Bank and International Monetary Fund buildings, according to the Washington Post.
Details: The New York City lawsuit involved about 300 people who were arrested in June 2020 during protests over the killing of George Floyd.
- Police penned in protesters who gathered in the Bronx and stopped them from leaving on June 4, according to the lawsuit.
- Police used "zip-tie cuffs" to restrain protesters, the lawsuit says. The officers also swung batons at protesters and used pepper spray on them.
- "Many protesters were left injured and bleeding," the lawsuit states. "Some protesters fainted, or lost consciousness and went into convulsions."
What they're saying: The New York Police Department said in a statement that it "remains committed to continually improving its practices in every way possible."
- The department said the 2020 protests were "challenging" and officers "did their utmost to help facilitate people’s rights to peaceful expression all while addressing acts of lawlessness including wide-scale rioting, mass chaos, violence, and destruction."
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