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Appeals court: Occupy mass arrest suit can proceed

August 21, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's ruling that a lawsuit over the arrests of 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge can proceed.

The ruling Thursday by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan affirms the 2012 ruling allowing the lawsuit against police officers who arrested the protesters to go forward.

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff ruled that the marchers had adequately backed up claims that they were not properly warned by officers that they would be arrested on the bridge on Oct. 1, 2011.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court agreed. One judge dissented.

Carl Messineo, a lawyer for the protesters, called it a major victory upholding First Amendment rights.

The New York City Law Department said the decision would be reviewed.



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