While Ydanis Rodriguez isn’t jumping to any definitive conclusion yet, he isn’t yet conceding that Rangel is the winner of the tightly-contested race
The city and police violated demonstrators’ free speech rights, used excessive force, arrested protesters on dubious charges and interfered with journalists’ and council members’ efforts to observe what was going on, the four City Council members and others say in the federal civil rights suit.
Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped charges against a city councilman accused of resisting arrest while trying to get to the former Occupy Wall Street encampment as police raided it last fall.
Manhattan prosecutors said they couldn’t prove the case against Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez because they didn’t have an account from a key figure — a female officer whom Rodriguez is accused of trying to push.
About 500 Occupy members marched from Zuccotti Park to Union Square with the family of John Collado, who was shot by a plain clothes police officer last fall.
Without a permanent home, New York Presbyterian rules state they can’t perform the kidney transplant surgery Octavio Estevez desperately needs to stay alive.
City councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who was arrested during the Zuccotti Park eviction, said he was detained for more than 17 hours and denied access to his lawyer until just before his release.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the journalists were among 200 who were arrested following the raid.
Ydanis Rodriguez, who represents northern Manhattan, is a supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
This Sunday is the 30th Annual Dominican Day Parade and while it promises to be a day full of floats, music and fun, what officials say it won’t be is disorderly.
It’s a way of life in New York City that can be both time consuming and frustrating. Who hasn’t sat in their car for 90 minutes trying to hold on to the perfect spot?