The city of Chicago will be forced to pay $6.2 million to over 700 protesters that were arrested in 2003.
Almost nine years ago, tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Chicago to protest the invasion of Iraq, one of the longest wars in US history.
On Thursday lawyers on both sides of the table agreed to the sum in the class-action law that charges Chicago PD of unlawfully arresting peaceful protesters, bypassing the need for a trial that was set to kick off late March.
According to the protesters, Chicago police arrested hundreds of demonstrators without being ordered by law enforcement officials to break up the demonstration.
"I hope it sends a message that they need to treat us like citizens and not combatants," Cheryl Angelaccio, a protestor arrested in the anti-war protest, told ABC Chicago.
Lawyers of the nearly 800 plaintiffs’ see the settlement as an important victory that shows law enforcement across the country that people must be permitted to exercise their first amendment rights.
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