Torts: Who Pays for Riots?

Soon after quelling Negro riots in Harlem and Brooklyn, New York City police totted up the cost as $1,500,000 —a bill that included everything from overtime pay to extra ammunition. But that figure may be nowhere near the eventual total, said the New York Law Journal last week. Fact is that every city and county in New York State is liable for all property damage incurred in all riots. In New York City the recent riots destroyed or damaged at least 540 stores and caused other uncalculated losses.

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