The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners apologized and agreed to pay damages to four people who were among those detained or searched because they intended to protest genetically modified crops at the 2003 World Agriculture Forum.

The four — Trinity Cross, Mary Hastings, Alistair Stewart and Arthur Friedrich — were the last standing in a lawsuit that 25 people filed in May 2005 in St. Louis federal court. They claimed that police damaged their property, performed illegal searches and inappropriately arrested them.

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