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Princeton Professor Among Those Convicted in NYC Protest

Twenty activists have been convicted of disorderly conduct in a protest outside a New York City police station to oppose a contentious police policy.

Cornel West (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

A Manhattan judge delivered his verdict Friday.

Princeton University professor and civil rights activist Cornel West was among those convicted.

One activist received two days of community service. The rest were sentenced to time served, the relatively brief period they were in custody after their arrests.

The case stemmed from an Oct. 21 demonstration against a police practice of stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking hundreds of thousands of people annually on city streets.

Prosecutors say the protesters blocked the sidewalk and stationhouse entrance and ignored an order to move.

Defense lawyers say the group left a path on the sidewalk, and no one was kept from entering or leaving the police station.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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