Tactics to disperse Occupy shaped by police experience, lawsuits

In 2002, police in the nation's capital rounded up hundreds of people protesting the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

U.N. Envoy: U.S. Isn't Protecting Occupy Protesters' Rights

The United Nations envoy for freedom of expression is drafting an official communication to the U.S. government demanding to know why federal officials are not protecting the rights of Occupy demonstrators whose protests are being disbanded -- sometimes violently -- by local authorities.

Civil Rights Lawyers Move to Fight Occupy Evictions Nationwide

Lawyers say authorities are citing obscure codes as pretexts for crackdowns, violating the first amendment in the process


Drop Charges for OWS Protesters Arrested on Brooklyn Bridge, Lawyers Say

A civil rights group sent a letter to Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance asking him to drop charges against 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested during a march over the Brooklyn Bridge on Oct. 1.

PCJF Responds to Police Threat to Sue Protestors

A union representing 5,000 New York City Police Department sergeants blasted Occupy Wall Street protesters on Thursday and threatened to sue them should they injure police.


Here are 159 minor things D.C. officers can arrest you for

Expired tags, as it happens, were just one of 160 misdemeanor offenses where officers can choose either to take offenders into custody or to write them what is essentially a glorified ticket.

Financial Giants Put New York City Cops On Their Payroll

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund encourages you to read and circulate this excellent Counterpunch article exposing the collusive relationship between Wall Street banks and corporations and the NYPD.

Occupy Wall Street Mass Arrest Resembles Infamous, Costly Police Tactic, Critics Say

Ben Becker, 27, sat in the back of a police-commandeered transit bus on Saturday night, his hands placed tightly behind his back in plastic cuffs. This was a scenario Becker knew well.