This looks like the start of a new craze, or maybe its been going on for a long time? Arresting 100's of people and putting them through hell for over 24 hours (sometimes allot over 24 hours) to basically give them an on-the-spot jail term. and make an example out of them. This wasn't just arresting people for real reasons, an entire dirty warehouse was set-up (pier 57) for it, its not like they just sat there for 24 hours to get them off the streets and out of trouble. Not that they even caused any trouble which luckily for their court case is well documented. They were cuffed much? of the time and given conditions people in real prisons would look down on! They were marched around dozens of cells and processing rooms and were never given lawyers. Ever had to wait a couple of hours at an airport, or train station with only some crappy paper to read and all the shops shut? now that's pretty shitty, i cant even imagine what this must be like.
Now yes I agree its true, they did break the law, but is but is beating the crap out of them right? is it really going to solve anything? no. Instead they should be sued, they all have insurance, let that cover it and let them all - every last police officer in New York who was involved stand up one-by-one on live TV and say "Im sorry, im sorry i voilated your rights, im sorry i broke the law, im sorry i played a part in this unlawful judge-dred style punishment, as people of this city please don't fire me" and lets not forget the mayor and anyone else who decided that terrorism was ok as long as it didn't involve killing people.