NEW YORK -- A congressman is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate allegations of police misconduct in connection with the treatment of Occupy Wall Street protesters and journalists covering the demonstrations in New York City.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler says in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder there were "troubling reports" of possible misconduct by police.
He says there were reports of "possible unlawful surveillance" of protesters' constitutionally protected activities and excessive use of force by New York Police Department officers. He says he was "especially troubled" the NYPD "aggressively blocked journalists" from reporting the Nov. 15 eviction of protesters from a Manhattan park they were occupying.
The Department of Justice said Tuesday it will review the congressman's letter.
Police haven't responded to a request for comment.
Elsewhere across the country Tuesday:
- Occupy protesters at home of Ore. couple facing eviction
- Occupy protesters in Cincinnati court Tuesday
- Marching to foreclosed home, accompanied by cops
- Demonstrators from 46 states 'Take back the Capitol'
- City may issue Occupy Albany permit
- BofA workers told to be careful amid Occupy protests
- Occupy Hartford protesters told to vacate
- Police clear out New Orleans camp
- Housing and Occupy activists take aim at foreclosed homes, empty lots
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