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District of Columbia, USA

Washington, DC: (Mar-01-07) A wrongful arrest lawsuit was filed in a US District Court by four plaintiffs against the District of Columbia after they were arrested without warning during the 2002 protests of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Two of the plaintiffs were law students working as legal observers for the National Lawyers Guild. The others were a high school student who was filming the protest and a cyclist who happened upon the protest when they were arrested. In 2004, the DC Council passed the First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act, which curtails the amount of force officers can use with demonstrators. The suit was settled with the district paying $200,000 as compensation to the four plaintiffs. [EXAMINER: PROTEST ARRESTS]

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Published on Mar-8-07


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