DC agrees to $8.25M settlement for protest arrests

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Posted: Dec 15, 2009 3:25 PM

Lawyers for a group of 400 people swept up in a mass arrest of protesters in 2002 say the District of Columbia has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit for about $8.25 million.

According to the settlement announced Tuesday, nearly 400 people arrested in 2002 at Pershing Park near the White House will receive about $18,000 each.

Lawyers representing the group say police encircled the park during a protest of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Officers then arrested demonstrators, tourists and others without warning. The plaintiffs allege some were bound for 24 hours.

The deal follows another $13 million settlement last month for arrests in 2000.

D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles did not immediately respond for a request for comment.