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Bandele v. City of New York is a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of three Black activists who were manhandled and arrested while peacefully and lawfully filming New York Police Department officers in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn as part of a CopWatch program on the evening of February 9, 2005.
The suit charges that the constitutional rights of the three plaintiffs were violated when they were falsely arrested and imprisoned by the police officers on the scene. Recovered videotape of the scene leading up to the arrests shows the men doing nothing to provoke the officers.