“Professional Agitators” suing NYC
Photo: Susan Watts, NY Daily News
Christina Gonzalez and Matthew Swaye are suing the New York Police Department for wrongfully arresting them four different times. As activists who videoed protests and police actions, in 2012 police made posters of Gonzalez and Swaye, calling them top-list “professional agitators.” Gonzalez was able to document on video her being attacked and pushed to the ground by police at a 2011 Occupy Wall Street Rally. She has been active towards ending the Stop and Frisk policy. She ran for New York City Council on the Green Party ticket in 2013. Her campaign focused on many issues including police brutality reparation and prevention, as well as education reform.