Victory! Nearly $1 Million Settlement for NY Critical Mass

October 19th, 2010 by hughillustration

The New York Times reports a massive settlement for Critical Mass participants wrongly harassed by police:

The lawsuit, originally filed in 2007, represented the claims of 83 riders who had been arrested or ticketed by police during the rides from September 2004 to January 2006. The awards to the plaintiffs range from $500 for those who were cited for minor infractions, to $35,000 for a plaintiff who was arrested multiple times and was injured because of the arrests, said David B. Rankin, one of the three lawyers who represented the riders. About half the settlement will go toward legal fees.

The settlements, totaling $965,000, do not include the many lawsuits filed by riders who were arrested during the Republican National Convention in 2004.

Congratulations to the NYC Critical Mass — an important victory that will help protect us all from authorities who imagine they can trample our rights with impunity!

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