NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez Arrested During Zuccotti Park Raid

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez was among those arrested overnight during a police raid on Zuccotti Park.

“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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  • Muriel Hykes

    He was two blocks away, tackled from behind and held without access to a lawyer for quite a while. You should not be defending our oppressors.

  • Miguel

    This moron does not speak for all Hispanics. He cares about the limelight and being in the news, as he always has. I have no doubt that he went to that park to stir the pot that night and get himself arrested. I am by no means a blind police supporter, but how else are they expected to quell mass disorder? Just because he is a councilman does not mean he is entitled to do as he pleases everywhere he goes. The same thing he and Jumaane Williams say the police do all the time (overstep authority, attitude problems, power trips) each of them have done: Rodriguez yesterday and Williams at the West Indian Parade. Go away…and perhaps learn how to speak English properly. My parents emigrated here from the Dominican Republic many years ago and they taught themselves. He should too.

  • pugphan

    another arse hole looking for publicity…smokersodysseycom

  • Tee-Jay

    Any court will rule that…

    – the City has not enforced any laws in that park, thus granting the protesters 100% EXEMPTION FROM ALL LAWS.

    – the owner of the park has not enforced its own rules, thus rendering those rules NULL, VOID, and PERMANENTLY UNENFORCEABLE.

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