A federal judge said this week that people upset over the police crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street encampment in 2011 cannot sue the company that owns the Financial District plaza where the raid took place.
On Sept. 17, 2011, protesters first began camping in Zuccotti Park near the New York Stock Exchange. The movement has splintered since New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg evicted the protesters from the plaza in November 2012.
Nearly a dozen lower Broadway street vendors say they showed up to work on Monday only to find their corner at Liberty Street taken up by dozens of bike share racks.
A settlement was announced Tuesday in a lawsuit over the seizure of the Occupy Wall Street library at Zuccotti Park.
When the Occupy Wall Street movement was setting up shop in Zuccotti Park last year, the FBI was already using counter-terrorism agents to investigate it, according to a report.
“Occupy is a different kind of movement because we’re not trying to work within the political system,” said demonstrator Emily Reynolds. “We’re trying to build people power and we’re trying to push from the outside.”
Organizers said Sunday’s events focus on people power and the use of culturally creative tactics to build the movement.
Approximately 40 arrests were made Tuesday on various charges, including disorderly conduct, blocking traffic and resisting arrests, the NYPD said.
The city and police violated demonstrators’ free speech rights, used excessive force, arrested protesters on dubious charges and interfered with journalists’ and council members’ efforts to observe what was going on, the four City Council members and others say in the federal civil rights suit.
The Oscar-winning actress recently made that claim during a panel discussion with filmmaker Michael Moore at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped charges against a city councilman accused of resisting arrest while trying to get to the former Occupy Wall Street encampment as police raided it last fall.
Manhattan prosecutors said they couldn’t prove the case against Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez because they didn’t have an account from a key figure — a female officer whom Rodriguez is accused of trying to push.
Occupy Wall Street Protestors marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, marking six months since demonstrators were arrested walking the same route.
About 500 Occupy members marched from Zuccotti Park to Union Square with the family of John Collado, who was shot by a plain clothes police officer last fall.
Demonstrators with the Occupy Wall Street movement are now calling Union Square their new home base after a dramatic and sometimes violent face-off between police and protesters stretched into the early morning hours.