New York City has settled for nearly $18 million with more than 1,800 people who were arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention, reports the Wall Street Journal. The average payout for each plaintiff is about $6,400. Plaintiffs will get a total of up to $10.3 million and their lawyers will get about $7.6 million..
“The constitutionality of key police policies used during the RNC was upheld, and an effort to restrict the NYPD's ability to police large-scale events was rejected” in the settlement, said Celeste Koeleveld, a lawyer for the city. Most of the arrests at the convention occurred at the sites of large demonstrations. The majority were mass arrests, where many people are taken into custody at a single time.