Councilman 'taken down' during Zuccotti Park raid and detained for 17 hours

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UPDATED at 2:17 p.m. 11/17/11

Marble Hill Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez was arrested at 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning, two blocks from a police raid on Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park. Mr. Rodriguez, who was detained for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, sustained an injury to his head during the raid, which began shortly after 1 a.m.

Mr. Rodriguez was released from police custody at approximately 8 p.m. on Tuesday after spending 17 hours in jail.

At a press conference on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Rodriguez, surrounded by his colleagues in the city council and friends in the state legislature, spoke of his support of the Occupy Wall Street protests and datailed the circumstances of his arrest.

Mr. Rodriguez, who last week led a march from the Washington Heights to Zuccotti Park, said he went downtown early Tuesday morning in his official capacity (even wearing a suit and tie) after learning police intended to raid the protest. He said his wife told him three times not to get arrested because he had a meeting at a school for his 5-year-old daughter the following morning.

Mr. Rodriguez said he was crossing the street on Broadway, two blocks from Zuccotti Park, when officers stopped him. He said he told them he wanted to go to the park to see what was happening and was “suddenly taken down” by a police officer.

Mr. Rodriguez said he identified himself as a city councilman, but the officers assaulted him, pressing his face into the ground, and arrested him. At the press conference, he showed off a scrape on his right hand, as well as one on his face.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not address Mr. Rodriguez’s arrest at a press conference he gave after Zuccotti Park was emptied on Tuesday and his office did not respond to a call for comment. 

Brookfield Office Properties, which owns Zuccotti Park, sent a letter to Mr. Bloomberg dated Nov. 14 asking the NYPD to enforce a law that prohibits people from setting up tents and sleeping in the park. However, there are reports that the NYPD had been practicing and planning the raid for weeks.

According to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, 142 people were arrested at the park and 50 to 60 more on surrounding streets. Journalists and legal observers were arrested at the scene, according to news reports.

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DVLenahan

So Wisnieski once again shows what a tool he is with his slanted reporting. Really? Ho-hum.

Rodriguez wanted to up his looney lefty political credentials with the knee jerkers by showing he has "street cred". His telling of events is very, very suspect. Rather than being an innocent neutral he must have behaved in such a manner that ensured his being "taken down". Identifying himself as a councilman (did you really mean to be P.C. and say councilperson but decide to say councilman to appeal to your perception of Hispanic machismo?) is not a 'get out of jail card' or an exoneration from having to comply with police directives. He resisted arrest and got a few scrapes and a fairly short stay in the hoosegow. Boo-hoo. Those terrible storm troopers!

The same storm troopers that are the thin blue line that keeps civil society safe from the depredations of the opportunistic vicious felons that roam about making prey of the weak. What viscous %^@*&s! How dare they scrape up an arrestee? Not that we should note that these %^@*& storm troopers are civil servants and union members. That would be too inconvenient to the party line.

How about we get somewhere closer to honest? As Samantha Bee noted in her report this week on Jon Stewart's, "Daily Show" [http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-16-2011/occupy-wall-street-divided] they are a severely divided group that has no clear message beyond Wall Street is evil. Never mind that the government dictates tax law, never mind that even Obama has been pwned by the likes of Goldman-Sachs, never mind that economic equality is an impracticable communist ideal that has never been realized as there is always some ruling class that lives far better than the average worker due more to a culture of being connected by 'who you know' rather than any actual personal merit.

The whole facade is chimera posited as an ideal by those "in the upper end of the park" using the "lower end of the park" to grab power for themselves. Making the government the means to achieve those goals is nothing short of a reinvented fascism which, given Obama's treatment of Israel, does not bode well for the Jewish community.

Friday, November 18, 2011
Kristin

Um... did the above commenter really cite Samanthee Bee on the Daily Show to support his position?

Saturday, November 19, 2011
DVLenahan

Kristin - Have you watched the recording or was that just a knee jerk snark? How typical of those without a developed awareness of an issue that you present no counterpoint or considered argument other than an ad hominem attack in a weak attempt to discredit someone but leave their arguments unaddressed.

It's more the point that the statements made by the OWS people she interviewed make the point she summarized. Just because humor was used doesn't invalidate the clear statements and actions of the participants. Where else would you suggest we get unbiased accounts? The NYT, CBS, NBS, ABC? The MSM is acting like a cheerleading squad giving undeserved importance to the occupy people. They do not represent 99% of Americans as their adolescent hyperbole presumptuously asserts. They may have common cause with the roughly 20% that identify themselves as liberals and the smattering of radicals, but no more than that.

Saturday, November 19, 2011
Kristin

The video points out some ironies within OWS but in no way corroborates your arguments. The 1% has routed our economical system and evaded taxes and regulation for decades, precipitating an environmental and financial collapse from which they are now desperately trying to shield themselves. As the protestors have always said... the police are a part of the 99%. I suspect your are as well. Peace.

Saturday, November 19, 2011