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First Amended Complaint, Rodriguez Et Al v. Winski Et Al. (OWS) (SDNY 12cv3389)

First Amended Complaint, Rodriguez Et Al v. Winski Et Al. (OWS) (SDNY 12cv3389)

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First Amended Complaint in Rodriguez et al. v. Winski et al., filed 10-10-12, Southern District of New York. This is a civil rights lawsuit alleging continuing police misconduct and improper corporate influence on governmental decisionmaking with respect to the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City. Plaintiffs include four City Councilmembers and a District Leader, numerous journalists including Stephanie Keith, the Newswomen's Club of New York's 2012 Newswoman of the Year, and numerous concerned citizens and activists who were victims of police suppression and/or brutality at Occupy Wall Street. The lawsuit seeks the appointment of an independent federal monitor to police the NYPD for compliance with constitutional norms.

In this First Amended Complaint, the National Press Photographers' Association joins the lawsuit as Plaintiff on behalf of its 7,000+ members. Additionally, further information is presented as to police misconduct in policing the Occupy protests, and corporate involvement in the suppression of same.
First Amended Complaint in Rodriguez et al. v. Winski et al., filed 10-10-12, Southern District of New York. This is a civil rights lawsuit alleging continuing police misconduct and improper corporate influence on governmental decisionmaking with respect to the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City. Plaintiffs include four City Councilmembers and a District Leader, numerous journalists including Stephanie Keith, the Newswomen's Club of New York's 2012 Newswoman of the Year, and numerous concerned citizens and activists who were victims of police suppression and/or brutality at Occupy Wall Street. The lawsuit seeks the appointment of an independent federal monitor to police the NYPD for compliance with constitutional norms.

In this First Amended Complaint, the National Press Photographers' Association joins the lawsuit as Plaintiff on behalf of its 7,000+ members. Additionally, further information is presented as to police misconduct in policing the Occupy protests, and corporate involvement in the suppression of same.

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK ----------------------------------------------------------------------- xIndex No. 12CV3389 (NRB)FIRST AMENDEDCOMPLAINTJURY TRIAL DEMANDEDEW YORK CITY COUNCIL MEMBER YDANISRODRIGUEZ, NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL MEMBER JUMAANE WILLIAMS, JOHN KNEFEL, NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL MEMBER LETITIA JAMES, JUSTINSULLIVAN, JEFFERY MCCLAIN, NEW YORK CITYCOUNCIL MEMBER MELISSA MARK-VIVERITO,STEPHANIE KEITH, DEMOCRATIC DISTRICTLEADER PAUL NEWELL, JUSTIN WEDES, PETER DUTRO, TIMOTHY FITZGERALD, PAUL SULLIVAN,MICHAEL RIVAS, YONATAN MILLER, CHARLESMEACHAM, and THE NATIONAL PRESSPHOTOGRPAHERS’ ASSOCIATION.Plaintiffs,-against-DEPUTY INSPECTOR EDWARD WINSKI, THE CITYOF NEW YORK, THE METROPOLITAN TRANSITAUTHORITY, J.P. MORGAN CHASE & CO.,BROOKFIELD OFFICE PROPERTIES, MITSUIFUDUSAN AMERICA, INC., MAYOR OF THE CITYOF NEW YORK MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, NEWYORK POLICE DEPARTMENT COMMISSIONER RAYMOND KELLY, METROPOLITAN TRANSITAUTHORITY POLICE COMMISSIONER MICHAELCOAN, MTA POLICE OFFICER LAKERAM, , POLICEOFFICER ROBERT MATRISCIANI, SERGEANTSTEVEN CARO, POLICE OFFICER MARGARETMONROE, POLICE OFFICER FERNANDO TRINIDAD,DEPUTY INSPECTOR TLOCZKOWSKI, LIEUTENANTDANIEL ALBANO, JAMES MORRISSEY, JOHN ANDJANE DOE NYPD OFFICERS ##1-100, JOHN ANDJANE DOE MTA POLICE OFFICERS ##1-8, JOHN DOEEMPLOYEES OF J.P. MORGAN CHASE & CO. ##1-10,JOHN DOE EMPLOYEES OF BROOKFIELD OFFICEPROPERTIES ##1-10, JOHN DOE EMPLOYEES OFMITSUI FUDUSAN AMERICA, INC. ##1-10,Defendants.----------------------------------------------------------------------- x
 
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTSPRELIMINARY STATEMENT ......................................................................................... 4JURISDICTION .................................................................................................................. 4INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................... 5PARTIES ............................................................................................................................. 8I.ABRIDGING FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: ELECTED OFFICIALS AND MEMBERSOF THE PRESS HAVE BEEN DENIED A RIGHT OF ACCESS TO OBSERVE ANDRECORD POLICE ACTIONS AGAINST OCCUPY WALL STREET .......................... 14a. ELECTED OFFICIALS PREVENTED FROM OBSERVING POLICEACTIONS BY IMPROPER ARRESTS AND USES OF FORCE. ............................... 14 b. SUPPRESSION OF “MAINSTREAM” MEDIA JOURNALISTS .......................... 19c. SUPPRESSION OF CITIZEN JOURNALISTS ................................................... 30d. THE POLICE FORCES OF DEFENDANT CITY AND DEFENDANT MTAHAVE VESTED INTERESTS IN CHILLING PRESS AND GOVERNMENTALACCESS TO THEIR ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ................................................ 34II. ABRIDGING FREEDOM TO PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE: FROM THEINCEPTION OF THE OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT, DEFENDANTSHAVE ACTED TO UNCONSTITUTIONALLY AND ARBITRARILY PREVENTPERSONS FROM ASSEMBLING IN TRADITIONAL PUBLIC FORA TO DISCUSSMATTERS OF PUBLIC CONCERN, WHILE ALLOWING PERSONS TO ENGAGEIN NON-POLITICAL ACTIVITIES IN THOSE SAME SPACES ................................. 40a. PREVENTION OF ENTRY INTO AND FORCIBLE REMOVAL OF CITIZENSFROM PUBLIC SPACES ENGAGING IN PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND PUBLICISSUE SPEECH ............................................................................................................. 401. Public Space ........................................................................................................... 402. Public Issue Speech and Assembly ................................................................... 473. Factual Allegations Relating to Public Space Issues ............................................. 51III. DEFENDANTS CITY, MAYOR BLOOMBERG, COMMISSIONER KELLYHAVE CONSPIRED WITH PRIVATE CORPORATIONS AND OTHER GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES TO SUPPRESS THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTSOF PLAINTIFFS AND OTHER OWS PARTICIPANTS TO PETITION THEIR GOVERNMENT FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES ................................................... 73IV. FREEDOM OF SPEECH: DEFENDANTS HAVE ENGAGED IN SYSTEMATICVIOLATIONS OF LAW AND CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEES INTENDED TOCHILL THE FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF OCCUPY WALL STREETPARTICIPANTS TO EXPRESS OPINIONS ON MATTERS OF PUBLIC CONCERN........................................................................................................................................... 76a. NYPD OFTEN OVERCHARGES PEACEFUL PROTESTERS WITHRESISTING ARREST IN ORDER TO HOLD THEM OVERNIGHT RATHER THAN RELEASE THEM WITH DAT’S ...................................................................... 76
 
 
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 b. NYPD PHOTOGRAPHS ARRESTEES AND, UPON DISMISSALS, DOES NOT RETURN THE PHOTOTGRAPHS TO THE INNOCENT ARRESTEE INVIOLATION OF STATE PRIVACY LAW .................................................................. 78V. THE LACK OF RESPECT THE NYPD HAS FOR THE COMMUNITIES ITPOLICES, AND FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS IT IS SUPPOSED TOUPHOLD, ALSO LEADS TO WIDESPREAD NYPD CORRUPTION ANDCRIMINAL CONDUCT ................................................................................................... 81VI. NYPD MISCONDUCT CAN BE EXAMINED IN MICROCOSM BYVIEWING THE NYPD’S TREATMENT OF THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT ................ 84EQUITABLE RELIEF ...................................................................................................... 92APPENDIX I ................................................................................................................... 151I. A CONTINUING PATTERN OF MISCONDUCT AND REFORM: NYPDHISTORY, PAST AND CURRENT, SUPPORTS THE PLAINTIFFS’ DEMANDFOR THE APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT AUDITOR .................................. 151II. LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY PLUS LACK OF TRANSPARENCY EQUALLACK OF TRUST BETWEEN THE NYPD AND THE NYC COMMUNITIES THEYPOLICE ........................................................................................................................ 157A. UNCONSTITUTIONAL ARREST QUOTAS ............................................... 157B. “CONTEMPT OF COP” ARRESTS ............................................................... 161C. STOP AND FRISK ......................................................................................... 165D. FLAKING/ TESTILYING .............................................................................. 166IV FAILURES OF NYPD OVERSIGHT AND SELF- POLICING LEAD TOLACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY FOR POLICE MISCONDUCT CREATING LACK OF TRUST OF THE COMMUNITY IN THE NYPD ................................................ 170A. IAB ....................................................................................................................... 170B. CCRB ................................................................................................................... 172C. CCPC .................................................................................................................... 174V. THE FINANCIAL COST OF THIS UNCHECKED NYPD MALFEASANCEAND WRONGDOING HAS HAD NO EFFECT ON THE NYPD CONDUCT ....... 177

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