IT WAS NEARLY two years ago that the Occupy Philadelphia protests crash-landed in predawn darkness on a 15th Street sidewalk, where city cops who'd raided the City Hall encampment herded up and arrested the final holdouts.
Now, 26 of the Occupy protesters are fighting back.
The demonstrators filed a federal lawsuit yesterday accusing the city, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and at least 10 other cops or deputies of falsely arresting them and violating their civil rights of free speech and assembly.
The lawsuit comes after 31 of the protesters arrested in the early morning of Nov. 30, 2011, had been acquitted of all charges by a Municipal Court judge. She found last year that the demonstrators had not committed disorderly conduct and had obeyed police orders to move when they were busted.