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.