New York City agrees to pay group of BLM rioters $20k each

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New York City and the New York Police Department (NYPD) have agreed to a settlement that will pay millions to a group of Black Lives Matter rioters who were arrested or detained during a series of riots in June of 2020.

As ABC News reports, the settlement claims that the over 300 rioters in question were detained through a police tactic known as “kettling,” where police create a large formation for the purpose of encircling and then corralling a group of violent rioters in order to contain the violence.

Despite being a common tactic to control large-scale acts of violence, the rioters who were detained in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx on June 4th, 2020 nevertheless sued for damages; the settlement agreed to pay each rioter approximately $21,500, amounting to $7 million in total, which would make it the largest settlement ever in a class action lawsuit over a mass arrest.

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