For Immediate Release
Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman Announces Major Settlement in Federal Lawsuit Challenging Police and U.S. Secret Service Crackdown on Journalists at 2008 Republican National Convention
Today, Oct. 3rd, 2011 at 1 p.m. EDT Press Conference at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan
NEW YORK - Today, Amy Goodman, the award-winning journalist and host of Democracy Now! news hour, will announce details of a six-figure settlement in a federal lawsuit brought by her and Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar against the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the U.S. Secret Service. The lawsuit challenged the policies and conduct of law enforcement during the 2008 Republican National Convention held in Minneapolis-St. Paul, which resulted in the unlawful arrests of Democracy Now! journalists as they were trying to report on public protest and political dissent.
Goodman, who was represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; and Albert Goins of Minneapolis, will speak to reporters at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan today at 1 p.m. EDT. Zuccotti Park is located in Lower Manhattan at the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street.
The settlement includes $100,000 in compensation paid by the St. Paul and Minneapolis police departments and the U.S. Secret Service. The settlement also includes an agreement by the St. Paul Police Department to implement a training program aimed at educating officers regarding the First Amendment rights of the press and public with respect to police operations, including proper procedures for dealing with the press covering demonstrations.
Speakers at the press conference include: Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman; Democracy Now! Correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous; CCR Legal Director Baher Azmy; CCR Senior Staff Attorney Anjana Samant and others.
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