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Cohen Represented NYC Protestors Who Won Record Settlement Over Police Misconduct

Elena Cohen, Assistant Teaching Professor

August 04, 2023

Elena L. Cohen, an assistant professor of law who teaches in the B.A. in Law program, was one of the lead counsel representing protestors in a historic class action lawsuit, Sow, et al. v. City of New York, et al. The suit, which focused on NYPD misconduct during protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd in summer 2020, resulted in a settlement of more than $13 million.

“This will be the largest amount paid to protesters in a class action in this nation’s history,” according to a press release from the protestors’ legal team.

Professor Cohen discusses evidence used in the lawsuit in the Business Insider video explainer below. She also is quoted in USA Today and NY 1.