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  •  the cards are stacked against you (7+ / 0-)

    it's very difficult to take the NYPD to court. Even for an obvious false arrest, it typically takes about 10 years to see any civil damages - and the city usually allocates the money for false arrest settlements in advance when they repress a protest; it's usually insignificant compared with the costs of paying police overtime and in no way a deterrent. There have been almost zero cases of individual police being held criminally accountable for acts of violence, no matter how extreme or unjustified, against protestors, and judicial decisions the authorities don't like are often simply ignored - as when Mayor Bloomberg ignored a direct order a direct order from a judge to halt the eviction at Zuccotti Park, while it was taking place, until he eventually got a different judge to say he could do it.

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