Occupy Wall Street sues NYC over confiscated books
NEW YORK | Thu May 24, 2012 3:02pm EDT
By Joseph Ax
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Occupy Wall Street filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against New York City, claiming authorities destroyed $47,000 worth of books, computers and other equipment confiscated from the protesters' encampment in lower Manhattan last fall.
Police conducted a surprise overnight raid at Zuccotti Park in November, clearing scores of protesters who had set up tents at the plaza near Wall Street and dealing a significant blow to the movement's potency.
As part of the sweep, Occupy claims, police officers seized approximately 3,600 books from the "People's Library" that had been donated to the movement. The protesters claim only 1,000 were returned, 200 of them in unusable condition - including a copy of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's autobiography.
"To this day, OWS has not been told by the City of New York what happened to the missing books and the Library furnishings and equipment," according to the lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan federal court.