The sum that New York City has agreed to pay to settle allegations that police wrongfully arrested a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters on New Year's Day 2012. It is the largest settlement to date in a single Occupy-related civil rights case, the marchers' lawyers said Tuesday. Fourteen Occupy demonstrators had claimed that police officers ordered them to get off some sidewalks in lower Manhattan during a march but prevented them from doing so and arrested them for disorderly conduct. "We were out there to send a message, and our rights were suppressed," one of the demonstrators, Garrett O'Connor, said Tuesday. The 34-year-old said police tackled him to the ground as he tried to follow their order to clear out. In the settlement, the individual protesters are receiving $5,000 to $20,000 apiece, and their lawyers $333,000 for fees and costs. But to protester Jennifer Peat, 36, "the point was never the money. It was that there be consequences for the actions of the NYPD." — Associated Press, tbt*
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