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Women Sue City over Pepper-Spray Use at Protest

Monday, February 13, 2012

Two Occupy Wall Street protesters have sued the city, saying a New York Police Department inspector caused them permanent physical and psychological injuries when he pepper sprayed them last fall.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Manhattan last Wednesday against the city, the police department, the inspector and other unidentified police officers. It was brought by Chelsea Elliott of Brooklyn and Jeanne Mansfield of Boston.

The lawsuit said the inspector pepper sprayed them on Sept. 24 when they were participating in a protest rally in Manhattan. Video from the incident shows the two crumple on the sidewalk in pain.

The lawsuit blamed the city, saying it failed to properly train its police to handle Constitutionally protected demonstrations.

The city law office said they hadn't seen the lawsuit yet.

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Comments [2]

Julie from Texas

Whatever happend to freedom of speach????????

Feb. 14 2012 11:30 AM
Rhende from whitleyville

"The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Manhattan last Wednesday against the city, the police department, the inspector and other unidentified police officers."

Why are these police officers "unidentified"? From five-hundred yards...there is no problem with identifying quarterbacks, running backs. The three-pointer, "who made it?"...never is the question posed! Numbers, clearly and uniquely distinguishable, identify the perpetrators. Police should be BOLDLY numbered, cataloged and held accountable.

To not do so is nothing more than BS! It is possible, practical and in line with the need for citizens to clearly identify responsible police officers. If the NFL can do it, the NBA clearly does, the ignoring of such accountability by police officals is nothing more than a irresponsible leadership.

Feb. 14 2012 06:24 AM

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