New York City has agreed to pay nearly $600,000 to settle allegations that police wrongfully arrested a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters, marking what their lawyers Tuesday called the largest settlement to date in a single Occupy-related civil rights case.
The $583,000 pact involves 14 demonstrators who said police ordered them to leave but prevented them from doing so and arrested them in Lower Manhattan early on New Year’s Day 2012. The disorderly-conduct cases got dismissed, according to the protesters’ federal lawsuit, which argues that they were arrested “for expressing their views.”
— Associated Press
The Allied Armies’ Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives unit — better known as the “Monuments Men” — was awarded Congress’s highest recognition Monday.
The Monuments men and women were artistic and architectural experts charged with protecting Europe’s cultural treasures during World War II. They followed soldiers into battle to preserve churches from the devastation of war and hunted down art stolen by Nazis and returned it to its rightful owners.
The multinational group, made up mostly of Americans, recovered works by such luminaries as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh and Johannes Vermeer. The group’s work was the focus of a recent George Clooney movie.
Six members of the Monuments Men unit are still living, according to a congressional press release about the law to recognize the unit, which President Obama signed Monday night.
— Julie Zauzmer
A Senate appropriations panel voted Tuesday to give the Obama administration $2 billion it requested to handle the dramatic increase in child immigrants caught trying to cross the Mexican border illegally without their parents.
That is more than $1.1 billion more than President Obama initially requested in his budget proposal for the Health and Human Services division that cares for and houses immigrant children caught alone at the border. It would effectively come from yet-unspecified changes in mandatory programs.
— Associated Press
Albuquerque ordered to pay for wrongful death: The city of Albuquerque must pay more than $6 million in connection with the wrongful death of a man with schizophrenia killed by Albuquerque police, a New Mexico judge ruled Tuesday. In her detailed findings of fact, District Judge Shannon Bacon said officers were not acting in self-defense when they punched and shot Christopher Torres, 27, in his back yard in 2011.
Congressman has brain surgery: Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), 55, is recovering after surgery to remove a small mass from his brain, his office said Tuesday. The two-term conservative, who is seeking reelection, underwent surgery in Houston onMonday.
— From news services