$232K to Settles Lawsuits
Occupy Wall Street's "People's Library" settled a federal lawsuit Tuesday with the city over the destruction of 2,800 books during the police raid on Zuccotti Park in November 2011.
The city agreed to pay $232,000 -- $47,000 to cover the costs of the books and $185,000 to civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, who brought the lawsuit last year.
The city also agreed to shell out another $133,000 to settle two other lawsuits growing out the raid, which evicted members of the protest movement from the park after a lengthy encampment.
Global Revolution TV is getting $75,000 for damaged electronic gear, and their lawyers are getting nearly $50,000. Time's Up, an environmental nonprofit, will receive $8,500 for 16 damaged "energy" bicycles.
As part of the settlements in Manhattan Federal Court, the city admitted it was "unfortunate" that the books and the other items had been ruined.
The donated books were hauled away by the Sanitation Department.
"This is not just about the money," said Siegel. "It is about holding the city accountable."
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Editor's Note: Mind you that the Occupy protesters were ordered by the police to vacate the park and had every chance to salvage their belongs would they have followed the law...Additionally, we suggest that the City of New York send these organizations -- ballsy as they are for bringing these lawsuits -- bills for the cost of police, EMS and sanitation department over-time costs...
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