Two New York City Police officers will not face charges after the Manhattan District Attorney decided that widely circulated videos of them punching and pepper-spraying protesters amounted to insufficient evidence that they had done so.
Fitzgerald Scott was viewing exhibits inside the U.S. Supreme Court last year when a police officer confronted him and demanded he remove his jacket.
Painted on the jacket were these words: “Occupy Everywhere.” The deputy chief of the Supreme Court Police, Timothy Dolan, told Scott to take off the jacket or leave the building. Scott, according to Dolan, was violating the law that restricts expression inside the high court: no signs and no demonstrations.
Dolan, according to prosecutors, warned Scott he’d be arrested if he didn’t comply. Scott was charged, under District of Columbia law, with unlawful entry. (He wasn’t booked on the federal law that prohibits certain expressive activity inside the Supreme Court building.) Prosecutors, however, later abandoned the case. Scott filed suit in Washington federal district court.