Fans of justice will be glad to hear that New York City will pay for all those books and all that media equipment that the police trashed when it famously raided the Occupy Wall Street camp on November 15, 2011. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York just announced a $366,700 settlement in Occupy's case against the city for the damage caused during the raid as well as all of the legal fees the movement's poured into seeking retribution. Sound like a lot? Let's itemize those expenses for you:
The People's Library ($47,000 in damages, $186,350 in legal fees)
Ray Bradbury probably turned over in his grave, when the New York Police Department went after the 5,500 donated books that Occupy was keeping for the people in Zucotti Park. First covered in the media by The New Yorker, the so-called People's Library was so popular it even earned its own blog in the early days of the movement and maintained it long after Zucotti was empty and the majority of its books destroyed. As Occupy's lawyer put it, the settlement stood for a lot more than books. "This was not just about money, it was about constitutional rights and the destruction of books," Normal Siegel told The Village Voice.