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Mass Arrests During 04 Convention Leave Big Bill and Lingering Mystery
The New York Times ^ | 07 Jan 2014 | JIM DWYER

Posted on 01/08/2014 11:17:48 AM PST by Theoria

The final costs of settling civil rights lawsuits brought by hundreds of people who were swept up in mass arrests during the 2004 Republican National Convention — many of whom were breaking no laws whatsoever — are likely to be well over $35 million.

That would make the convention lawsuits among the costliest ever defended by New York City.

In a decade of litigation led by the city’s former chief lawyer, Michael A. Cardozo, the Bloomberg administration proved unable to justify the mass arrests made during the last days of August 2004, but was successful in shrouding much of the spying done on political groups by the Police Department’s Intelligence Division.

An agreement, reached by lawyers for the city and those arrested, includes payments on nearly all the outstanding cases of $10,000 to $20,000, plus legal fees, according to four people involved in the negotiations, who insisted on anonymity because they were not supposed to discuss the settlement until it was finalized. While the precise figure will not be announced until next week, those involved said it totaled about $18 million.

That is on top of the money already laid out by the city for the convention lawsuits. By late December, the city had spent $16 million in legal fees defending the cases, and paid another $2.1 million to settle 112 claims.

For all that has been spent, some cases still have not been resolved — and some mystery remains about the exact role of undercover police officers in the surveillance of protesters and activists. The former chief of intelligence for the Police Department, David Cohen, has said the infiltration was necessary because of what he called a “commingled” threat during the convention from civil disobedience and terrorism.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: agitprop; convention; newyorkcity; nyc; police; policestate

1 posted on 01/08/2014 11:17:48 AM PST by Theoria
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To: Theoria

Our nation is beyond broken when a mob of dirty smelly leftists can violently oppose the presidency of George W. Bush and then be given $35 million simply because they were detained by the NYPD.


2 posted on 01/08/2014 11:23:20 AM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: Oliviaforever
Our nation is beyond broken when a mob of dirty smelly leftists can violently oppose the presidency of George W. Bush and then be given $35 million simply because they were detained by the NYPD.

The first sentence of the article: The final costs of settling civil rights lawsuits brought by hundreds of people who were swept up in mass arrests during the 2004 Republican National Convention — many of whom were breaking no laws whatsoever — are likely to be well over $35 million.

I'm sorry, but arrests aren't supposed to be willy-nilly — in fact, it could be argued that every arrest should be warranted (4th amd).

3 posted on 01/08/2014 11:26:32 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Oliviaforever
Then charge them with crimes. Don't set up a police force that incite violence and creates the actual atmosphere for danger.

But, ya got to crack some eggs to make a omelet.

4 posted on 01/08/2014 11:27:51 AM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: OneWingedShark

IIRC they were blocking access to the venue.


5 posted on 01/08/2014 11:28:40 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Theoria

Bloomberg’s “going away” present to de Blasio.

Of course, de Blasio shouldn’t mind paying as the demonstrations were against the RNC.


6 posted on 01/08/2014 11:28:43 AM PST by moovova
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To: OneWingedShark

“I’m sorry, but arrests aren’t supposed to be willy-nilly —”

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I agree, but how are out of control crowds supposed to be handled?

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7 posted on 01/08/2014 11:30:30 AM PST by Mears
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To: AppyPappy
"IIRC they were blocking access to the venue."

Then they should have arrested Rove as well for helping to block conservatives from accessing the Republican Convention.

8 posted on 01/08/2014 11:34:45 AM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Oliviaforever

Unfortunately, the dumb cops arrested commuters in suits carrying briefcases who were trying to get to work.


9 posted on 01/08/2014 12:13:44 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: Theoria
What's wrong, NYT? Couldn't bring yourself to cover the arrests at the Democrat convention? Don't want the sheeple to know about those, and then think the Dems are as bad or worse than the Repubs?
10 posted on 01/08/2014 12:21:57 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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IIRC the Democrats haven’t even paid for their convention in Charlotte ($10 million) from 2012. Duke Energy got stuck with the bill and was permitted to raise rates in the last 6 months allegedly for repairs and improvements but in my mind to pay for the DNC.


11 posted on 01/08/2014 2:39:18 PM PST by punknpuss
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