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Occupy Buffalo sues city over raid


A predawn police raid that removed Occupy Buffalo from Niagara Square last year has led to a lawsuit accusing the city of using excessive force during the operation.

The local Occupy organization claims the city violated members’ civil liberties by using bulldozers and heavy equipment to remove the tents, tables, chairs and other personal items at its encampment in front of City Hall.

The group’s suit, filed in Buffalo federal court, is seeking a court-ordered judgment that the city violated people’s rights, as well as $15,000 in damages.

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