City pays $965,000 to cyclists wrongfully arrested on Critical Mass
According to a Times-Up press release:
NEW YORK CITY SETTLES 83 CRITICAL MASS ARRESTEES’ CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT FOR $965,000
A press conference will be held 1:30 PM Tuesday, October 19th
When: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 1:30 PM
Where: Pearl Street steps, U.S. Federal Court House, 500 Pearl Street, Lower Manhattan
Who: Plaintiffs, Critical Mass participants, and attorneys Gideon Oliver and David B. Rankin
Details: A $965,000 settlement has been reached and was made public by the court on Monday in a civil rights lawsuit brought against the City of New York by 83 cyclists who were among hundreds arrested by the New York City Police Department on the nights of Critical Mass bicycle rides beginning just before the 2004 Republican National Convention and continuing through 2006.
Participants, including attorneys, will discuss the lawsuit and settlement, as well as, among other topics:
•The NYPD’s wasteful and dangerous use of police resources in response to Critical Mass rides since the 2004 RNC
•The lack of oversight of the NYPD’s Critical Mass policing by the NYPD, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the New York City Council since the 2004 RNC
•The chilling effects of the crackdown on present Critical Mass rides in NYC
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