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In case you haven’t heard, a number of Occupy Wall Street “protesters” are cashing in on claims of police brutality from their destruction of Zuccotti Park in 2011.
In a sense, New York taxpayers are being charged twice. First they had to pay to clean up the mess left by the OWS crowd. Now they have to pay for these settlements with the NYPD.
For a crowd that claims to be against Capitalism, the OWS folks sure seem to like cashing in.
CBS News reported:
NYC reaches settlement with Occupy Wall Street protesters
NEW YORK — The city has agreed to pay a total of $332,500 to six Occupy Wall Street protesters who said police unjustly blasted them with pepper spray in an episode that helped propel the movement into the spotlight.
The settlements, reached in recent weeks, range from $52,500 to $60,000 per person in cases arising from Occupy’s early days in September 2011. They’re among a number of payouts the city has OK’d over its handling of the protests against economic inequality while fighting some other claims.
The city’s Law Department said Monday the latest settlements were in the city’s best interest; the New York Police Department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The protesters’ lawyers said the lawsuits held police accountable for their actions.
Did anyone hold the OWS folks accountable for their actions after they ruined a public park, destroyed local businesses, and annoyed the entire community?
Here’s a question no one seems to be asking…
Why was it necessary to pepper spray Occupy Wall Street protesters?
Nothing like that ever happened at a Tea Party.