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    Firemen Sue City Over WTC Busts

    FIREMEN SUE CITY OVER WTC BUSTS

    By JOHN LEHMANN

    November 6, 2002 -- Eight firefighters, busted while protesting plans to cut the number of Bravest recovering human remains at Ground Zero, are suing the city for false arrest.

    Assault, riot and criminal-trespass charges were brought against 18 firefighters in the Nov. 2, 2001, protest of a plan by then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani to cut the number of workers at Ground Zero.

    The eight firefighters who joined in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court argue that their arrests deprived them of their constitutional rights.

    The lawsuit - which also names Giuliani and former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik - seeks unspecified damages for the "distress" caused by their arrests.

    Five cops - including two high-ranking officers - suffered black eyes and other minor injuries in the melee that resulted from the protest.

    Eventually, Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau dropped charges against 17 of the men.

    The firemen in the lawsuit are Michael Carter, Sal Civitillo, Michael Destefano, Victor Fiorella, Matthew James, Thomas Manley, Sean Nealon and Michael Tierney.

    The city Legal Department and NYPD declined comment on the suit.


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    8 New York Firefighters Sue Over Arrests in Protest March

    8 New York Firefighters Sue Over Arrests in Protest March
    By THOMAS J. LUECK


    Eight firefighters have filed a lawsuit against the city, senior officials of the Giuliani administration and several police officers, accusing them of false arrest and imprisonment in a violent confrontation a year ago during a protest march to the ruins of the World Trade Center.

    The suit, seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, will be followed by others by firefighters arrested during or after the protest, said Ronald E. Kliegerman, a lawyer for the firefighters.

    On Nov. 2, 2001, more than 500 firefighters took part in the protest, which was called in response to the Giuliani administration's decision to reduce the number of Fire Department personnel assigned to a search-and-recovery operation at ground zero. Many firefighters felt that the reduction less than two months after the terrorist attack undermined their efforts to find the bodies of colleagues and other victims.

    "Plaintiff's and firefighters across the United States hold to a longstanding moral and ethical commitment that `whoever goes in, comes out,' " said the suit, which was filed on Friday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

    The plaintiffs are among more than 15 firefighters and union officials who were arrested after the protest turned into a confrontation with the police

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