Caribbean American Lawmaker Arrested Then Released

After being released from the precint, Councilmember Jumaane Williams, (R), returned to the Brooklyn Museum, where he was met by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who after being called, returned to hear first hand what happened to Mr. Williams. Photo: Hayden Roger Celestin
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Sept. 6, 2011: A Caribbean American New York City lawmaker was yesterday arrested at the West Indian Day carnival in Brooklyn, but later released.

Councilmember Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn was arrested for walking along a blocked-off sidewalk around 1:30 p.m. Monday. His spokesperson said the councilmember was given permission to walk the street by a police official, but was then stopped by other officers and a confrontation ensued, leading to the arrest.

Williams was held for about 30 minutes before being released and no charges were filed. Also arrested with Williams was an employee of New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. The PA is now calling for an investigation into the arrest.