Residents Plan to Sue NYPD Over WTC Security Plan

NEW YORK (AP) -

A group of lower Manhattan residents filed a lawsuit against the NYPD on Thursday over its security plan for the World Trade Center site, saying it will leave the center in “fortress-like isolation” and the area around it “as impervious to traffic as the Berlin Wall.”

The plan calls for three-foot-tall barriers and a secured zone around the trade center. Vehicles entering the zone would be screened. Only those that can prove they have business in the trade center or have been previously certified would be allowed in.

The city says the importance of security at a site that terrorists targeted “cannot be overstated,” and noted that pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to move freely there.