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Occupy sues NYC for destruction of its library in federal court

May 24, 2012

Books recovered after the November 15, 2011 raid. Source: Village Voice.

On November 15, 2011 Mayor Bloomberg sent the NYPD and sanitation department to remove the encampment at Zuccotti Park. During the raid most of the roughly 5000 books of the People Library were confiscated. Not all of the books were returned, said Occupy. Of those that were returned, some were clearly damaged beyond use. The damage appeared to be consistent with being put through large compactors. Computers seen were also visibly bent and appeared to have been damaged during or after the raid.

Just over six months later Occupy filed for losses of “$47,000 worth of books, computers and other equipment,” reported Reuters. Well-known attorney Norman Siegel is among the lawyers representing Occupy’s library claim in the suit Occupy Wall Street et al. v. Michael Bloomberg et al., U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 12-4129.

Occupy members say the damage to the library was resulted as a result of the raid on November 15, 2011. The City of New York have not yet given statements on the status of the case. Two days after the raid tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the removal of occupy from Zuccotti Park. Though recently returned to Wall St. itself, occupy has not established a tent city like it had last year. It remains to be ween what the result of the lawsuit will be or if Occupy will return to the spotlight again this year.

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