The New York Daily News reports:
Nearly 10 years after Madison Square Garden hosted the 2004 Republican National Convention, the city has agreed to pay $18 million to settle dozens of lawsuits brought by protesters and bystanders who claim they were wrongly arrested during the event.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs, who rallied Wednesday outside City Hall, called the agreement the largest civil rights settlement in United States history arising from mass arrests of protesters.
The city will pay $6.4 million to 430 individual plaintiffs, $6.6 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by 1,200 additional people and $5 million in legal fees.
“This historic settlement sends a clear message,” said New York Civil Liberties Union lawyer Christopher Dunn. “We will not allow the police to trample on the First Amendment rights of protesters.”