Monday April 30, 2012

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Four New York City lawmakers are suing the city over its treatment of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The civil rights suit was filed Monday in a Manhattan federal court. It says police conduct is so problematic that the force needs an outside monitor.

The city Law Department had no immediate comment Monday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended police handling of the protests.

Occupy demonstrators have gone to court before over particular episodes. The new lawsuit is a compendium of complaints.

It says the city and police violated demonstrators' free speech and other rights, used excessive force and interfered with journalists' and council members' efforts to observe.

City Council members Letitia James, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Ydanis (ee-DAH'nihs) Rodriguez and Jumaane (joo-MAH'-nee) Williams are among the plaintiffs.


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