Arminta Jeffryes was sentenced by Judge Charlotte Davidson to time served and an $88 surcharge.
Jeffryes’ lawyer, Martin Stolar, argued that NYPD Captain Paul Lanot abused his authority and improperly detained his client at Houston St. and the FDR Drive during a March 2016 protest.
“He’s gotta send a message to this group, and the way he does this, is he picks the leader and puts her in handcuffs,” Stolar said.
NYPD attorney Neil Fenton countered that police have a right to regulate traffic and a “duty to other pedestrians and drivers,” particularly in a busy neighborhood like the Lower East Side.
“What I’m disappointed in is how the judge disregarded the First Amendment aspects of this case,” said Stolar, who plans an appeal.
Jeffryes had also filed a civil suit over a policy that lets the NYPD’s legal bureau handle summons cases.