Chris Faraone, a journalist from Queens, is suing the NYPD for allegedly beating and arresting him while he covered the anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
According to The New York Daily News, Faraone claims he was lawfully reporting for the Boston Phoenix when cops were ordered to “stop, tackle, batter, search, arrest, detain and imprison” him without cause.
Faraone — who said that he tried to identify himself as a member of the press to no avail — filed his suit against New York City, the NYPD and 10 cops. His suit also claims that he was denied access to a lawyer and “directed and/or threatened by the defendants to cease his journalism/reporting activities in the city.”
Faraone is seeking unspecified damages.