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NYC arrest a setup, Waunakee man says

The Capital Times | April 16 2005

NEW YORK (AP) - The city agreed Friday to pay $150 each to 108 demonstrators who were arrested during last summer's Republican National Convention and kept locked up even after a judge ordered their release.

In addition to the $16,200, the city will also pay legal costs and attorneys' fees of about $215,000.

The payouts will settle the demonstrators' claims that the city was in contempt of court for not complying with a judge's order to release hundreds of the protesters.

Those arrested can still sue on other grounds, including allegations of excessive force by police.

More than 1,800 people were arrested during the four-day convention. Most arrests were for minor violations, such as disorderly conduct. Some were held for days. Some claimed they were not protesters at all but were swept up anyway by police.