A federal appeals court has ruled against more than 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters who say police misled them into a mass arrest on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Reversing its own position, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ordered the suit dismissed in a ruling Monday evening.
The city Law Department and protesters’ lawyers haven’t immediately commented.
Police said protesters ignored warnings to stay on a bridge pedestrian path in 2011. Demonstrators said they weren’t properly warned and thought police decided to let them on the roadway.
The appeals court says that while police stopped blocking the protesters, that wasn’t an invitation to go ahead, and the arrests were valid.
The same court last summer said the suit could proceed. Police then sought a rehearing.