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US, DC settle final lawsuit after 2002 World Bank protests

WASHINGTON — District of Columbia and U.S. authorities have settled the final lawsuit related to the arrests of hundreds of protesters during a 2002 demonstration against the World Bank.

The Washington Post reports that authorities agreed to pay $2.8 million to four former George Washington University students and their attorneys without admitting wrongdoing.

The District will pay $110,000 to each of the former students and $2.35 million to the plaintiffs’ attorneys. The student will each also receive $5,000 from the U.S.

The settlement means Washington paid $11 million of the $13.25 million total paid to resolve litigation that resulted from the arrests of about 400 people during International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings.

Washington police have since abandoned “trap and detain” tactics in which officers surrounded and arrested large groups of people.