Soon after news hit of 2 lawsuits documenting police brutality and rampant Freedom of Press violations, city council members are calling for federal oversight of the NYPD.
As I just reported 2 lawsuits have just been filed containing extensive evidence of repeated and rampant crimes committed by the NYPD against elected officials, “mainstream” journalists, civilian journalists, Occupy Wall Street protestors and even elected officials.
Two separate lawsuits have been filed against the NYPD for repeated violations of the constitutional rights of both protestors and media outlets trying to report on the movement.
The filing of those lawsuits have prompted New York City Council members to demand federal government oversight of the NYPD following their brutal police crackdown and civil liberties trampling violations.
City Council Members Make Federal Case Out Of Demand For NYPD Monitor
Lawmakers cite alleged police misconduct at Occupy Wall St. protests
Four City Council members are demanding a federal monitor for the NYPD because of alleged police brutality at Occupy Wall Street protests.
In a suit filed Monday in Manhattan Federal Court, the lawmakers also seek unspecified monetary damages.
Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez of Manhattan said his rights to observe the protests were violated when he was bloodied and arrested as police cleared Zuccotti Park last November.
“The NYPD has to be more accountable,” he said at news conference on the steps City Hall. “The City Council has the right to be observers, and this is something that has been violated on a number of occasions.”
The other plaintiffs are Council members Letitia James of Brooklyn, Melissa Mark-Viverito of Manhattan and Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn.
The lawsuit also alleges civil rights violations on behalf of nearly a dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested by police.
Half of those say they were arrested while covering the protests as “citizen journalists.”
Another plaintiff, Iraq War veteran Jeffrey McClain, said two of his ribs were fractured when he was busted by baton-wielding cops on a disorderly conduct charge.
Source:NY Daily News
If the United States really cared about the rights of its citizens and the Constitution wasn’t just a facade that is followed selectively by the government as they see fit then we would have seen federal monitors of the NYPD along time ago.
Unfortunately, it is well documented that the federal government in fact orchestrated the nationwide police crackdown while hypocritically condemning other nations overseas for doing the same thing.
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