New York to pay $17.9 million to 2004 Republican Convention protesters
Riot police stand in front of the Protest Warriors, a counter-protest group of Bush supporters, at a protest against the Republican convention near Madison Square Garden September 2, 2004 in New York City.
January 16th, 2014
09:17 AM ET
7 months ago

New York to pay $17.9 million to 2004 Republican Convention protesters

(CNN) – New York City agreed on Wednesday to pay nearly $18 million to settle the civil rights claims of thousands of people arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention that nominated George W. Bush for a second presidential term.

New York police engaged in mass arrests of more than 1,800 protesters, bystanders, legal observers and journalists during the event.

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  1. current state of the union

    How much are they paying occupy protesters?

    January 16, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. current state of the union

    Sign of the times, poor occupy protester's get zero, but the ones fighting for the rich get rewarded, sigh. The sad thing is that the majority of the ones protesting for bush, their standard of living lowered by the same man they fight for, and call the Democrats uneducated.

    January 16, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I remember how they just went completely out of control. For those who don't know, NYC has two major train stations, Grand Central Station and Penn Station. Both are major commuter hubs for commuters. They primarily serve commuters coming from different directions: north and east; south and west. Both stations are served by subway lines.

    Madison Square Garden sits directly over top of Penn Station, which makes it very convenient to reach by mass transit. You can step on any commuter train in the suburbs, attend an event in MSG, and return to your place of origin without ever having to step outdoors.

    Many people who were arrested were simply commuters going in and out of Penn Station, which like I said is under Madison Square Garden. The police just simply started grabbing any and everyone on the sidewalks, and arrested them. Most of those arrested were treated rather bluntly, to say the least.

    January 16, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    Very pathetic GOP.....DOOOOOOOOOM.

    January 16, 2014 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. O'drama ya Mama

    Rudy NYC

    I remember how they just went completely out of control. For those who don't know, NYC has two major train stations, Grand Central Station and Penn Station. Both are major commuter hubs for commuters. They primarily serve commuters coming from different directions: north and east; south and west. Both stations are served by subway lines.

    Madison Square Garden sits directly over top of Penn Station, which makes it very convenient to reach by mass transit. You can step on any commuter train in the suburbs, attend an event in MSG, and return to your place of origin without ever having to step outdoors.

    Many people who were arrested were simply commuters going in and out of Penn Station, which like I said is under Madison Square Garden. The police just simply started grabbing any and everyone on the sidewalks, and arrested them. Most of those arrested were treated rather bluntly, to say the least.
    January 16, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
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    They dont call you Rudy NYC for nothing lol. I was just thinking about if this had happened to people protesting Obama's campaign. I just wonder how many rwnj would be convinced that Obama personally ordered his enemies to be arrested and their freedom of speech violated. Can you say, congressional hearings? But nope we cant blame Bush anymore now can we lol

    January 16, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Hector Slagg

    Aw, Well,
    I don't remember this incident but it was probably nothing compared to the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968 if I remember correctly. Protester's already have every right gurenteed by the constitution but usually want something that shortcut's due process. It's just a matted of education, and experence.

    January 16, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Yeah Hector, kinda like waving a confederate flag in front of the white house huh. Lack of education or just intelligence.

    January 16, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. much thindr..little rain

    i think i was there where do i get my money...

    January 16, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. rs

    This was SOP during the Bush years. He flew into our small town (impressive seeing AF2 landing on a 5,800 runway at 7,000 elevation), and held a "public" rally at the fairgrounds. I was no fan of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, but Presidents don't come to town very often, and hey, it's history. Image the response when we drove out to the fairgrounds to find that non-card carrying Republicans couldn't even enter the fairgounds. We could "view" the event from outside the highway ROW fence. Republicans need to remember that they are everyone's President, not just the GOP's. Likewise the GOP needs to recognize that Mr. Obama is their President as well, duly elected by a majority of the voting public.

    January 16, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. rs

    Hector Slagg

    Aw, Well,
    I don't remember this incident but it was probably nothing compared to the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968 if I remember correctly. Protester's already have every right gurenteed by the constitution but usually want something that shortcut's due process. It's just a matted of education, and experence.
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    Hector: and I remember that what happened in Chicago was part of Mr. Nixon's "dirty Tricks" squad instigating trouble.

    January 16, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |