a federal judge has ruled that the officers at the head of the march failed to sufficiently warn the Occupy Wall Street protesters that walking on the roadway would result in arrest and opened the path for a massive class action lawsuit against the NYPD. New York’s “finest” have been accused of wrongful arrests and unnecessary violence
multiple times as the movement grew.“A reasonable officer in the noisy environment defendants occupied would have known that a single bull horn could not reasonably communicate a message to 700 demonstrators,” wrote Jed S Rakoff of the federal district court in Manhattan, in his decision. Rakoff added that protesters “might infer permission to enter the vehicular roadway from the fact that officers, without offering further warnings, proceeded ahead of and alongside plaintiffs onto that roadway”.Video shot by marchers was a huge factor in Rakoff’s decision, and reinforced protesters allegations that the police had led them onto the roadway, indicating that it was fine for the people to follow. Police maintained that the demonstrators were sufficiently informed that walking on the area intended for vehicles would result in detention, but even their own video footage did not support this claim.