New York City To Pay $18M To Protesters Wrongly Arrested At 2004 Republican Convention

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.”

  • bkmn

    That’s a good start. How about forcing the police department to change some of their operations policies so it doesn’t happen again?

  • justme

    Another GOPT mess Dems have to clean up after

  • another_steve

    Peaceful protest is a hallmark of democracy.

    Violent protest, no.

    Peaceful protest, yes.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Hope Bernie’s ghouls understand

      • Romero

        You mean the far-left teabaggers who are so far to the left, they actually swing right?!

        • another_steve

          Oh my. “Astute Comment Alert.”

          Yes. A careful and thorough analysis of the far left and the far right — tactics and positions — reveals little difference between the two.

        • dr morbius


      • Hope you can tell the trumpanzee imposters from the real bernie bros when/if they do. ( I wouldn’t put it past drumph’s brown shirts to start some shit while decked out in Bernie gear.)

      • dr morbius

        The arrests were dictated by Bloomberg. HE’S WITH HER.

    • Do Something Nice

      The Boston Tea Party says you are wrong.

      • another_steve

        Nothing good comes from violence. Nothing.

        The saints of our day — Martin Luther King Jr., for example — understood that.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    The cops should have arrested Bush instead.

    • another_steve

      History and historians will, in the fullness of time, arrest Bush the Idiot.

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  • JustSayin’

    OT: Ash Carter has formally announced that open transgendered service will start being integrated. Read the blog post below for an excellent view of what is to come

    • dr morbius

      more fodder for Endless War.

  • Mark

    gawddamned attorneys getting way more than they are worth.

    • another_steve

      Hon, I just received a statement from my health insurance company telling me that my plan’s allowance for my 15 minute exam by my physician is $239.06. I only have to pay $25 of that.

      After we kill the lawyers, we kill the doctors.

      • BearEyes

        I’d drop kick the insurance companies between the lawyers and the doctors.

        • another_steve

          Thank you.

          My dream scenario:

          (1) Assemble the lawyers, the doctors, and the insurance companies in the arena;

          (2) Release the lions.

          • Spudger

            (3) Hope you never get sick or break a bone.

          • another_steve

            Here’s what I want:

            After recouping their considerable medical school expenses, I want physicians to earn salaries commensurate with other highly-trained professionals.

            I am not a believer in the deification of doctors.

          • Spudger

            I’m not making the assertion you should. But your assumption that high medical bills are a product of doctor greed and not the result of decades of insurance company influence on medical billing which has led to inflating costs, combined with the corporatization of medicine that also infuses a profit/cost evaluation into every action and interaction – especially at the hospital level – that assumption is wrong.

          • another_steve

            A multi-leveled issue, the subtleties of which I’m sure I’m unaware of.

            Insurance companies are in the business of making money for their stockholders. To do this, they must reduce their outlays to the extent possible.

            Why have the insurance companies not called a halt to the outrageous fees that medical professionals charge?

            Why do they enable the thieving of America, as they do?

          • GeoffreyPS

            My cousin just FINALLY started working after medical school, specialization, etc. etc. 13 years of college, internship, residency, etc (he had a lot of etc.). I don’t deify him, but I believe he has earned his pay.

          • BearEyes

            I worked for an insurance company years ago and my hubby works for one now. I also used to work for the regulatory aspect of insurance. We can’t get to single payer soon enough for my taste.

          • Canadian Observer

            You forgot the clerics…

        • Oh’behr

          I would say “some” insurance companies. Like United Healthcare, Humana, for profit, and whatever Rick Scott is doing or invested in.

      • Adam King

        No, we kill the insurance vultures!

        • Spudger

          Agreed. Killing doctors seems… shortsighted.

      • Mark

        While there are some docs out there that have the same golden toilet lid as Trump – there are many, many more who have to hire and pay just to process the damned insurance forms. If you went in for a runny nose – the doc’s staff still has to process a monstrous claim just to get paid. As I understand it, after all the processing crap, about all the doc actually got was your co-pay.

        • another_steve

          An argument for Single Payer — a potential solution that the Obama Administration, in 2009, totally fucked up.

          Government — despite the claims of far leftists and rightists — knows how to operate things. Is an efficient “operator of things.”

          I hope President Hillary Clinton knows that.

    • Johnny Wyeknot


      • another_steve

        “…and $5 million in legal fees.”

  • ben-andy

    “Nearly 10 years after……2004”.

    While there are lots of BIG numbers in this article, the smallest one is glaringly WRONG! Yes, that convention took place LATER in the year, being the end of Aug – beg of Sept, it is still just over a month away to the anniversary. But, please, either the NYDN or Joe needs to correct the timing to TWELVE years. Perhaps it took 2 years for the case to be filed, but the text in this article/summary needs to be modified so that at least the simple math is correct.

    I really like my “news” to contain accurate facts or accurate words to give context to the facts. That is why I come to Joe. That and the remarkable LACK of clickbait. Thanks, JOE!

    • Tigernan Quinn

      I’m going to block you. There is no reason in the world to take Joe to task over facts – this is his personal blog, not a news service. If you’re so fraught with distress, go find one. Also, the caps thing is stupid, and you’re unpleasant.

      • JesterRedPanda

        you’re the unpleasant one here

      • TuuxKabin

        did you block me as I asked?

      • dr morbius

        It’s a propaganda blog….

  • Baby Dave

    Lets hope Philly learns from this.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Isn’t it nearly 12 years since that event? I know I am weak at math, but I think I’m correct on this.

  • Octavio

    “We will not allow the police to trample on the First Amendment rights of protesters.” Or our 30% to 45% legal fees. 😀

    • Spudger

      Lol, i love how everyone thinks they’ve found a “gotcha!” by noticing that lawyers charge money for services. When did we get into this mindset that the only valid contribution to a cause is one done through pure altruism?

      • Spudger

        Also worth noting – lawyers aren’t required to represent anyone who shows up with a checkbook. The vast majority of attorneys out there practice discretion over which cases they will and won’t take. And yeah, some do it for the cash, but at the same time – they won’t take that case unless they think they can win it. I don’t need my laywer to be a true believer. I just need them to be skilled and motivated.

  • Being that the original NYDN story was posted on January 14, 2014, I think the headline, which I am sure Joe copied, is accurate. (So the story is a little late coming to JMG. Meh.)

  • 20/20 Blindsight

    In retrospect, they should’ve trebled the damages, and bill Michael Bloomberg.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Personally, the cops involved who arrested innocent people should have been fired and then charged with any crimes related to unlawful detention. With this settlement did the police at least have to apologize for the crap they did?

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Of course not. And as I understand it, the payment doesn’t come out of NYPD’s budget, so it’s no skin off their noses, neither for the cops involved nor for police brass.

  • Rick James Brown

    “Nearly 10 years after Madison Square Garden hosted the 2004 Republican National Convention”

    Uh…it’s 2016. The Daily News better check their math.