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NY judge lets Occupy lawsuit proceed against copsNY judge lets Occupy lawsuit proceed against police officers, dismisses top officials
NEW YORK (AP) ' A New York judge is letting a lawsuit proceed against city police officers in the arrests of 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters last year on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said in a written ruling Thursday the marchers had adequately backed up their claims they weren't properly warned by officers they would be arrested on the bridge Oct. 1.
But the judge tossed out as defendants the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. He says there was no evidence offered that the city or its top officials had a policy of making false arrests designed to discourage protesting.
The protesters were demonstrating against financial inequality. Police say they were arrested and given disorderly conduct summonses for spilling into a roadway despite warnings.
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