July 6, 2015—Victims of seneless police abuse from the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street movement will collect $332,500 in total according to the Associated Press. A viral video of the incident was one of the first impressions of the movement on the internet and conventional media.
The video shows NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna pepper spraying mostly young women who were just standing inside a makeshift pen manned by other NYPD officers. Between $52,500 to $60,000 is going to each of the victims: Kaylee Dedrick, Damien Crisp, Kelly Hanlin, Julie Lawler, Chelsea Elliot, and Jeanne Mansfield. Here’s another view of the incident:
New York City previously settled other Occupy cases. $583,000 went to 14 protesters over wrongful arrests. $230,000 is being paid out by NYC and the owner of Zuccotti Park for destruction of a book collection during a police clearing operation and $55,000 went to a man who was arrested for video recording.
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