Settlement Reached in Arrest of Journalists at RNC
Monday, October 03, 2011
Amy Goodman, host of the New York-based television and radio show "Democracy Now!," said that she and two of the shows producers won a $100,000 from a settlement with the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the federal government over their arrests during the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Goodman used Occupy Wall Street's encampment at Zuccotti Park to announce the agreement which was reached Friday. The Twin Cities agreed to pay $90,000, while the federal government agreed to pay $10,000. The federal government was named in the suit because a Secret Service agent confiscated the press credentials of Goodman and her producers.
She told the protesters that her settlement should send a message to police all over the country. "Over the last few weeks here in New York, we've seen protesters unlawfully arrested, journalists arrested, and also, journalists told to turn off their cameras, to stop filming," she said. "This is unacceptable."
Jon Iverson, an attorney representing the defendants in the lawsuit, said the settlement includes no admission of liability and lets St. Paul and Minneapolis avoid the costs of further litigation