Campeau-Laurion v. Kelly et al

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United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
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On August, 2008, Mr. Campeau-Laurion and a friend attended a baseball game in the old Yankee Stadium. During the seventh-inning stretch, Mr. Campeau-Laurion tried to use the restroom, during which the stadium played "God Bless America." Unbeknownst to Mr. Campeau-Laurion, the stadium has a policy of restrictive spectator movement during the playing of "God Bless America," which is enforced by officers of the New York Police Department. While attempting to inform the officers that he doesnít participate in religious or patriotic activities, he found himself being forcibly restrained by having his arms twisted behind his back by two officers, later identified to be defendants David Roberts and Ricardo Bocachica, and forcibly ejected from the stadium, during which one of the officers stated that if the plaintiff didnít like this country, then he should "get out of it."

Plaintiff Attorney

Christopher DunnNYCLU Foundation125 Broad street, 19th FloorNew York, NY 10004212-607-3300

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