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Mary Tardif awarded $430,000 for alleged NYPD violations during Occupy Wall Street

A Manhattan jury has awarded more than $400,000 to a woman who claimed she suffered a brain injury when she was thrown to the ground during the 2012 Occupy Wall Street protests.

Mary Tardif, 33, was awarded the $431,250 in compensation on Friday, nearly a decade after she filed a lawsuit in 2013 alleging a sergeant inflicted the traumatic injury on her while working as a paramedic for the left-wing protesters acted.

Tardif of Manhattan had sought unspecified damages, calling the verdict “very justifiable.”

“I feel like for the first time I’ve actually known justice,” Tardif said in an interview.

Tardiff – who works at the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, where she provides sign language interpretation for Broadway shows – has had epilepsy since she was 19.

The violent encounter in Union Square resulted in her head hitting the ground, leaving her with a permanent brain injury that limits her professional abilities, according to Tardiff and evidence from the trial.

A person associated with the Occupy movement is arrested at a march on Broadway.
A person associated with the Occupy movement is arrested during a march on Broadway.
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An Occupy Wall Street protester is dragged to a police van after being arrested.
An Occupy Wall Street protester is dragged to a police van after being arrested.
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A police lieutenant waves his baton at Occupy Wall Street activists.
A police lieutenant waves his baton at Occupy Wall Street activists
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A person associated with the Occupy movement is arrested.
Police arrest an Occupy Wall Street protester.
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She said she viewed the decision – which concluded there was a “battery” but no attack – as a victory for “occupiers who never saw that day or never had their day in court”.

“It feels like a win for all of us,” she said. “I wish I could share it with you. There were so many.”

A legal representative insisted Tardif “was never thrown to the ground, as she claimed,” and said the city was “disappointed” with the outcome.

A jury in 2018 dismissed the claims before the U.S. Circuit Court in Manhattan reinstated the case over flaws in the first trial, spokesman Nick Paolucci said.

“In addition, the jury was unfortunately not aware of this [Tardif] had introduced new violations at this second trial that were never alleged in the original case,” Paolucci said.

With postal wires

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