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Lawyers say IMF protests in D.C. were recorded

Tuesday - 3/13/2012, 9:09pm  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Newly produced photographs show that the D.C. police department actually did record video footage of 2002 protests in which hundreds of demonstrators were arrested.

That's according to lawyers for the remaining four plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the mass arrests in Pershing Park. The protesters were demonstrating against the policies of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

The lawyers represent four former George Washington University students who were among those arrested. The students had attended the protests either as legal observers or as journalists for the school newspaper.

Lawyers for the D.C. government have denied the existence of video footage, except for limited recordings. Lawyers for the plaintiffs say new photographs recently provided to them show that footage being streamed into the police command center was actually being recorded.

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