Watch CBS News

Judge: OWS Protesters Can't Sue Zuccotti Park Owners Over Police Sweep

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- A federal judge said this week that people upset over the police crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street encampment in 2011 cannot sue the company that owns the Financial District plaza where the raid took place.

In a decision signed Thursday, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said Zuccotti Park owner Brookfield Office Properties can't be held liable for any civil rights violations that occurred during the police action.

She said the NYPD, not the company, was making decisions about who to arrest and detain.

Police swept protesters and many bystanders out of the privately owned park two months into the occupation.

Some protesters, journalists and elected officials later sued, including a city councilman arrested as he tried to visit the scene.

The city and police officials remain as defendants in the suit.

The Occupy Wall Street effort began Sept. 17, 2011 as an occupation of Foley Square near the New York Stock Exchange to protest against the richest 1 percent of America. It targeted mostly banks and financial institutions with activists fighting for the other 99 percent.

You May Also Be Interested In These Stories

(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.