NYC agrees to pay arrested 2020 BLM rioters: ‘NYC taxpayers … how proud are you of your vote now?’

New York City has reportedly agreed to pay out a total of $13 million to over 1,000 Black Lives Matter “protesters” who were arrested during the BLM riots of 2020.

Roughly 1,380 “protesters” who were arrested between May 28th and June 4th of that year are slated to each receive $9,950 plus lawyers’ fees, according to the New York Daily News.

These conditions are part of a proposed Manhattan Federal Court settlement with New York City that stems from a case filed in 2021.

Filed by the New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, the 2021 suit accused the New York Police Department of violating the civil and constitutional rights of so-called “protesters.”

The suit specifically said the cops were guilty of “excessive use of force, improper use of pepper spray and employing violent crowd control measures like ‘kettling,’ in which they barricaded protesters without letting them disperse,” the Daily News notes.

According to The New York Times, lawyers for the city pushed back on these accusations by portraying “the police as contending with a powerful storm of anger interspersed with serious criminal activity, all taking place against the backdrop of a pandemic.”

“Some protests devolved to looting and rioting. Protesters set police cars ablaze; vandalized precinct houses; threw rocks, bricks, bottles at officers; stabbed, punched, bit officers; and hurled Molotov cocktails at officers,” the lawyers said.

In one court filing, the lawyers reportedly included photographs of four bloodied police officers who’d been attacked by the so-called “peaceful protesters.”

However, lawyers for the plaintiff reportedly had plenty of video evidence of their own to share.

“One video from outside Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 29, 2020, shows several police officers, including a commander, aiming overhand baton blows at a figure on the ground. Another video shows a group of officers following protesters down a sidewalk in East Flatbush on May 30 and knocking some to the pavement,” the Times notes.

The only catch is that the settlement still has to be approved by a judge. But once approved, it’s expected to be among the most expensive ever awarded over alleged police brutality.

That said, it’s not the only suit in progress. There are additional in progress, including some even in the NYC area.

“Another class action settlement announced earlier this year would award $21,500 to demonstrators in the Bronx who were arrested. The payout could total around $10 million, including legal fees,” according to Fox News.

“Separately, more than 600 people have brought individual claims against New York City related to police action during the 2020 protests, according to the city’s comptroller, Brad Lander. Settlements in these cases have cost the city nearly $12 million,” Fox News notes.

Responding to the most recent settlement, critics were incensed for a couple of reasons.

One, many of the so-called BLM “protests” were extremely violent. And number two, it seems nobody gives a damn about the alleged police brutality committed by the Capitol police during the Jan. 6th riot.

But there is some potential “good news” for those opposed to the settlement.

“Protesters arrested in connection with violence — those arrested on charges including trespassing, property destruction, assaulting an officer, arson or weapons possession — will be excluded from the settlement. Those seen on video blocking police from making arrests may also be ineligible,” Fox News notes.

Moreover, under the settlement agreement, neither the city nor the New York Police Department is required to admit wrongdoing.

Vivek Saxena

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