Occupy Wall Street filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against New York City, claiming authorities destroyed $47,000 worth of books, computers and other equipment confiscated from the protesters’ encampment in lower Manhattan last fall.
Police conducted a surprise overnight raid at Zuccotti Park in November, clearing scores of protesters who had set up tents at the plaza near Wall Street and dealing a significant blow to the movement’s potency.
As part of the sweep, Occupy claims, police officers seized more than 3,000 books from the “People’s Library.” While some of the books were eventually returned, many were in unusable condition, while the rest were apparently destroyed, according to Occupy’s lawyer, Norman Siegel.
The lawsuit also questions whether the raid itself was constitutional, Siegel said.
There’s a bookstore up in Wicker Park I got too that has the most books I have ever seen, which is obviously not true since I have been to the Strand, but it’s insane. I literally get exhausted when I’m there because there are too many books and I start thinking about what if I could read all the books and I get too tired to look at all the books and then I have to leave without buying any books.
This is what Seaburn in Astoria used to look like.