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Reporter Sues NY Police Over Occupy Protest Arrest

Wall Street Protest OriginsNEW YORK (AP) — A journalist says New York City police officers tackled him and unfairly arrested him while he was covering the anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Chris Faraone says he was reporting for the Massachusetts-based alternative weekly magazine Boston Phoenix in September 2012 when officers tackled him, told him to stop reporting and denied him a lawyer. He filed his lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan.

A spokeswoman for the city’s Law Department tells the Daily News her office will review the complaint when it receives it.

Faraone is seeking unspecified damages. He says he was stopped from covering the anniversary of the Occupy campaign against financial inequality despite having appropriate press credentials. He says his arrest was unconstitutional.

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