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Soho Street Vendors Accuse NYPD of an Illegal Raid

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A group of Soho street vendors is suing the city in response to what they're saying was an illegal raid on behalf of the NYPD. DNAinfo reports that on May 17th, several officers issued five vendors tickets and confiscated their merchandise, after telling one of them that he was blocking a bus stop.

Though the vendors are often accused of violating city rules on where they can set up their tables, an Urban Justice Center staff attorney said these five were well within their regulations. One of the vendors said that 100 pairs of sunglasses were taken from him in the raid, though a compensation of $250 from the city—what they're estimated to be worth—isn't what he's after. He wants his rights and his freedom—perhaps what the NYPD wanted was to lay claim to all his Kanye West-style sunglasses.
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