NYPD Ordered to Give Up Documents About 2004 RNC Arrests

The NYPD is going to have to turn over thousands of pages of documents related to mass arrests and surveillance of protesters during the 2004 Republican National Convention, a federal judge ruled late Monday afternoon.

The ruling is in response to two federal lawsuits filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the widespread arrests, prolonged detention and fingerprinting of 1,806 convention protesters.

According to the NYCLU, the NYPD claimed that the treatment of those arrested and detained was based on an extensive surveillance operation conducted during the convention. The police department argued that disclosing the documents would compromise ongoing investigations.

Ninety one percent of people arrested during the RNC had the charges against them dropped, including hundreds who were exonerated when video recordings contradicted police accounts.

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