Journalist Sues New York Police Over Brutal Arrest at Occupy Anniversary

A journalist known for his coverage of the Occupy movement is now suing the New York police for beating him and warning him to stop reporting.  


Christopher Faraone, a news and features editor at the Boston-based Dig, is suing the New York Police Department.  According to the Courthouse News Service, Faraone says the police tackled and beat him at a protest marking the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. Faraone wrote about his ordeal for a number of news outlets, including Esquire.

“Despite holding my pad and camera in clear view at the time — and loudly announcing myself as a reporter — I was tackled, zip-tied, and hauled off to jail,” he wrote in September.  “In the process, I sustained tears to ligaments and tendons in my right arm that have yet to fully heal.” Faraone was far from the only journalist arrested by the NYPD while covering Occupy. In July 2012, a report released by New York University's and Fordham's law departments criticized the police for subjecting journalists to "arrest and threats of arrest, other deprivations of liberty, and physical violence during their coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests."

While in prison, Faraone says he was denied his right to speak to an attorney. The police also demanded that he stop his reporting on the Occupy movement. He is seeking redress “for excessive force, illegal search, false arrest, unlawful detention, unlawful imprisonment, battery, negligence, malicious prosecution, denial of due process and the right to counsel, pain and suffering, emotional distress, humiliation, injury to reputation, financial injury and constitutional injury,” the Courthouse News Service reports.

Faraone is the author of the book 99 Nights With the 99 Percent.

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