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NY Cops Arrest Man for Going to Restroom During "God Bless America"
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NYCLU Sues NYPD on Behalf of Baseball Fan Ejected From Yankees Stadium During ‘God Bless America’
April 15, 2009 — The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal lawsuit against the NYPD on behalf of a Queens man who was ejected from the old Yankee Stadium last August after trying to use the restroom during “God Bless America.”
The lawsuit maintains that Bradford Campeau-Laurion, a 30-year-old lifelong baseball fan and resident of Astoria, was the victim of religious and political discrimination on Aug. 26, 2008 when police officers forcibly restrained and ejected him from Yankee Stadium after he tried to walk past an officer during the playing of “God Bless America.”
“The role of police officers is to enforce the law,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “New York’s finest have no business arresting someone for trying to go to the bathroom at a politically incorrect moment. That is an abuse of authority and a violation of the constitutional principles that our country is founded on.”