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Judge tosses suit against NY firm over Occupy raid

September 28, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge says people upset over the police crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street encampment in 2011 can't sue the company that owns the Manhattan plaza where the raid took place.

In a decision signed Thursday, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said Zuccotti Park owner Brookfield Office Properties can't be held liable for any civil rights violations that occurred during the police action.

She said the NYPD, not the company, was making decisions about who to arrest and detain.

Police swept protesters and many bystanders out of the privately owned park two months into the occupation.

Some protesters, journalists and elected officials later sued, including a city councilman arrested as he tried to visit the scene.

The city and police officials remain as defendants in the suit.



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