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Could An Injured NYPD Officer Sue A Wall Street Protester?

By Asher Hawkins

Love ’em or hate ’em, the Occupy Wall Street protests continue to be a source of interesting legal brainteasers. Here’s the latest example:

Ed Mullins, head of the union representing the New York City Police Department’s sergeants, has promised he will see to it that any protester (he prefers the term “professional agitator”) who engages in conduct that causes injury to any of his union’s members will face a lawsuit.

Can a police officer really file a civil suit for injuries sustained in the line of duty? The various news articles that reported on Mr. Mullins’ comments (this is the one from The Wall Street Journal) didn’t answer that question, so we decided to tackle it. (more…)

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