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Civil Liberties Union files brief against Brookfield over OWS eviction

February 17, 2012 02:00PM

The New York Civil Liberties Union Has Filed A Brief With The New York City Criminal Court claiming that landlord Brookfield Properties never had the right to Evict Occupy Wall Street protestors from Zuccotti Park, the Village Voice reported.

NYCLU, which is arguing that Brookfield gave up its right to treat the park as a private space when it turned the land into a public park, submitted its filing on behalf of protestor Ronnie Nunez, who was arrested during the eviction Nov. 15.

“We think that the city zoning [law] is pretty clear and unambiguous,” said Taylor Pendergrass, a staff attorney for the union. “One of the things that the Occupy Wall Street movement reaffirmed is the importance of… public space,”

Brookfield did not immediately respond to the Voice’s request for comment. [Village Voice]