More than 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters were corralled and arrested by police Saturday after attempting to march across the Brooklyn Bridge and effectively shutting down parts of the bridge.
Now a group of Occupy Wall Streeters are suing New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for allegedly violating their constitutional rights, Bloomberg News reported.
Five of the protesters, seeking to represent about 700 people arrested in the Oct. 1 march, filed a civil rights complaint yesterday in Manhattan federal court. They claimed officers from the New York City Police Department lured them onto the bridge’s roadway to trap and arrest them.
The Occupy Wall Street protests have entered their third week. The non-violent demonstrators have taken up camp in privately-owned Zuccotti Park in Manhattan’s Financial District.
The protest has continued to gain momentum with other similar movements popping up in cities nationwide.
Today is expected to be a huge day for the demonstration with thousands of people from labour unions and community organisations expected to descend upon Lower Manhattan and take part in a massive march.