‘Occupy Wall Street’ drops eviction lawsuit

By Andrew Jones
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 11:11 EDT
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Police crackdown on Occupy Wall Street protesters. Image via Flickr user Palinopsia_Films
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“Occupy Wall Street” protesters dropped on Tuesday their two month lawsuit against New York City over the group’s eviction from Zuccotti Park.

The National Lawyers Guild, representing the protesters, said the decision stemmed from private security removing the barricades surrounding the park two weeks ago.

The park’s owner, Brookfield Properties, and the city received statements from several organizations notifying them the barricades were in violation of zoning laws requiring unobstructed access to the park.

“Once the barricades came down and the searches stopped and the protesters had unimpeded access to the park there seemed to be no reason to continue that litigation,” lawyer Adam Levine told The New York Times. “If that changes we will be back in court.”

Levine said protesters would not rule out future lawsuits against the city Brookfield Properties. One of those lawsuits could focus on whether banning tents from the park is legal.

“If there comes a time when [Occupy Wall Street] wants to set up tents, we will certainly defend their constitutional right to do so,” Levine told a reporter with Thew New York Law Journal. “It remains our belief that tents are a form of free speech.”

Protesters were evicted out of Zuccotti Park on November 15th.

Photo cred: Coco Curranski/Palinopsia_Films

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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