The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has been ordered to pay out millions of dollars in taxpayer money to Black Lives Matter (BLM) rioters who looted businesses and destroyed NYC communities during the summer of 2020.
On Wednesday, the City of New York settled a class-action lawsuit filed at the Federal District Court in Manhattan by “George Floyd” rioters.
By agreeing to the settlement, the NYPD was forced to pay $13.7 million in “damages.”
The plaintiffs claimed that members of the NYPD had “violated” their rights via the use of “unlawful” tactics.
According to the New York Times, every rioter arrested by the NYPD will receive a taxpayer-funded cash reward from the city under the terms of the settlement.
The city will pay around $10,000 to each of the 1,380 people who were “arrested and/or subjected to force by NYPD officers” during the 2020 riots in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
While a number of those involved in the class action lawsuit had been arrested, many were simply dispersed by authorities attempting to quell the violence.
They claimed that they had had the ability to exercise their First Amendment rights impeded.
In an interview with Business Insider, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, Elena Cohen, said the goal of the lawsuit was to protect people’s rights.
“This is about people in New York City being able to protest, being able to be in the streets, being able to say what they think about the government,” she said.
“And to do it without being afraid that they’re going to be physically hurt.”
Cohen failed to note that Jan. 6 protesters ended up in prison for expressing “what they think about the government,” however.
Lawyers for the city argued that the protests were often not peaceful, highlighting that some “devolved to looting and rioting.”
“Protesters set police cars ablaze; vandalized precinct houses; threw rocks, bricks, bottles at officers; stabbed, punched, bit officers; and hurled Molotov cocktails at officers,” they added.
The news comes as the corporate continues to promote double standards regarding the BLM riots by twisting the narrative.
As Slay News reported earlier, “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg made outlandish comments regarding the violence.
Goldberg was responding to country music star Jason Aldean’s anti-crime song that features news footage from the BLM riots.
The lyrics of the song highlight the soaring crime and violent riots seen in cities across America in recent years.
During Thursday’s broadcast of “The View,” Goldberg argued that the BLM rioters were “taking care” of “their towns.”