- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals court says two NYPD officers can be sued for using excessive force in a case involving an Occupy Wall Street protester.

The lawsuit by Imani Brown alleges the officers falsely arrested her in 2011, pepper-spraying her as she tried to use a restaurant restroom the morning the protest camp was disbanded.

She filed the civil suit after a disorderly conduct charge against her was dismissed.

The Wall Street Journal (https://on.wsj.com/1WGsIDw ) says the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the officers had enough reasonable suspicion to arrest Brown. But it said a jury should determine if they violated her rights when they used pepper spray twice before she submitted.

The city’s Law Department is reviewing the ruling.

Brown’s attorney says she’s pleased with the ruling.

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Information from: The Wall Street Journal, https://www.wsj.com


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