Oct. 12, 2004 – The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed two lawsuits against the City of New York on behalf of people arrested during the Republican National Convention protests.
The two cases, filed in Court on October 7, allege that the New York City Police Department indiscriminately arrested protester, observers and bystanders who were "peacefully and lawfully" assembled on public sidewalks. Additionally, the ACLU alleges that police held detainees "in a filthy bus depot," took the fingerprints of people arrested for minor offenses, and held arrestees for "unjustified and unexplained" lengths of time.
For The NewStandardâ€™s previous coverage of the arrest during the Republican National Convention, see:
"Activists Arrested During GOP Convention Testify Against City, Police" (September 19. 2004)
"Arrestees, Lawyers, Medics Condemn Conditions of RNC Protest Detention" (September 3, 2004)
"Lawyers Guild, NYCLU Collecting Information on infamous Pier 57 jail" (September 6, 2004)
"Civil Disobedience Turns to Rebellion in Face of Police Repression" (August 31, 2004)