Listening to the mainstream media would suggest that the Occupy movement died long ago, but a court battle over outrageous violations of basic civil rights proves once again that the movement is alive and strong, especially in Los Angeles. The lawsuit focuses specifically on a raid that resulted in the unlawful arrest of nearly 300 individuals, merely one event out of dozens or perhaps hundreds that flew under the radar.
Occupy Los Angeles protesters say the city violated their constitutional rights when the Los Angeles Police Department evicted them from the City Hall park last year.
The group's lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday and seeks class-action status, claims a LAPD raid that resulted in nearly 300 arrests was an unlawful violation of rights to assembly, association, freedom from unlawful seizure and liberty.
The Occupy demonstrators, part of a nationwide anti-Wall Street social movement, took over the park for two months and they were ousted on Dec. 1, 2011 in what the lawsuit calls Police Department "shock and awe" military tactics.