July 26, 2012
A group of legal experts have published a report detailing “abusive and unlawful protest regulation and policing practices” by New York police in response to Occupy Wall Street protests.
The report, Suppressing Protest: Human Rights Violations in the U.S. Response to Occupy Wall Street, examines treatment of protestors and journalists by local, state, and federal authorities from September 2011 through July 2012.
The eight-month investigation – carried out by law clinics at NYU, Fordham, Harvard and Stanford – documents instances in which authorities acted in ways that “suppress and chill protest rights” and violate international obligations to respect free assembly and expression.