Pittsburgh Pays for G20 First Amendment Violations

Pitt student humiliated by G20 police
Pitt student humiliated by G20 police

Pittsburgh settles final G-20 arrest lawsuit

February 14, 2013 5:10 pm
 

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By Molly Born and Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The final lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh stemming from the G-20 Summit of world leaders has been settled for $400,000, the American Civil Liberties Union announced today.

The city has agreed to pay the money to settle the claims of 13 people who said the mass arrests during the G-20 in 2009 violated their civil rights.

The city previously paid $88,000 to settle the claims of 11 of the 25 original plaintiffs who said their rights to peacefully assemble and to be free from unlawful arrest were violated when police dissolved a rally at Schenley Plaza on the University of Pittsburgh campus on the last day of the G-20.

Sound weapons used in Pittsburgh neighborhoods
Sound weapons used in Pittsburgh neighborhoods

One person withdrew their claim, associate city solicitor John Doherty said.

Today’s settlement brought the total sum in this suit to $488,000 — half the total paid in all G-20 settlements, he said.

The city bought a $10 million police professional liability policy, which has a $25,000 deductible per claim and a premium of $1.5 million, he said.

The city has paid six deductibles, five for $25,000, and one for about $22,500, Mr. Doherty said.

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