“One of the earliest supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Council Member Rodriguez had come to the park as soon as he heard police might be evicting the protesters,” the councilman’s spokesman David Segal said in a statement.
Rodriguez, who represents northern Manhattan, is a supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Segal says the councilman will speak to the media after he’s released from central booking.
As of 12:30 p.m., Segal said Rodriguez was still being held in police custody without access to an attorney.
Around 200 people were arrested Tuesday morning after police in riot gear raided the park to clear out protesters, tents, tarps and sleeping bags so cleaning crews could move in.
Some of the demonstrators even chained themselves together.
It is not clear what charges Rodriguez is facing.
Councilman Jumaane Williams calls Rodriguez’ arrest “very unfortunate” and described the evication as a “disgusting scenario.
“We’ve supported protests across the globe and we’ve never asked any questions about are they protesting on public or private property. We’ve just supported their right to protest and we should’ve done so here,” Williams told 1010 WINS.
Williams said he witnessed Rodriguez’ arrest and saw blood on the councilman’s forehead. The NYPD said it’s not aware of any injury to Rodriguez.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that to the best of his knowledge Rodriguez has not claimed to be injured.
Williams and several other council members held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to decry the overnight sweep of Zuccotti Park.
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