Occupy Wall Street Sues NYC in the Name of the People’s Library

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Members of Occupy Wall stand on Zuccotti Park in New York, on October 14, 2011. Occupy Wall Street protesters and the New York Police Department avoided a potential clash as the real estate company that owns Zuccotti Park, where the protests began, decided to put off its planned cleaning of the square. Amid what was described as a celebratory march by a small group of protesters, scattered clashes with the police broke out, who bulked up their presence at the Zuccotti Park location, which has been home for hundreds of the protesters. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/2011 AFP

Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered outside of the Manhattan Federal Court building this morning to announce a lawsuit against the city, Michael Bloomberg, and the NYPD for the raid last fall on Zuccotti Park that effectively stamped out the movement's momentum. Literally, it's about the goods they allegedly lost during the seizure, including more than 3,000 donated books, a.k.a. the People's Library, and other equipment totaling $47,000, but the suit also questions the constitutionality of the eviction. They claim the books were returned damaged, or not at all, and Howard Zinn just doesn't have the same kick on a Kindle.