Republican National Convention 2004

In 2004 New York City hosted the presidential nominating convention of the Republican Party at Madison Square Garden. On a sunny Sunday morning, August 29, 2004, I grabbed my camera and headed downtown on my bicycle. There were police everywhere – on motorcycles, bicycles, horses, and on foot. Estimates of crowd size range from 120,000 to 500,000 and many were arrested.   In January 2018 the City agreed to pay $18 million to settle lawsuits by people claiming they were wrongly arrested in what might have been the largest civil rights settlement in the United States resulting from mass arrests of protestors.