A top city pol blasted cops for handcuffing a Brooklyn councilman Monday at the West Indian Day Parade after a scuffle that also left a City Hall staffer sprawled on the sidewalk.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly ordered an investigation after Flatbush Councilman Jumaane Williams was detained with a member of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s staff for walking in a “frozen zone” near the Brooklyn Museum.
Cops said the altercation escalated when someone in the crowd punched a police captain.
De Blasio said his director of community affairs, Kirsten John Foy, was thrown to the ground by cops, who slapped plastic handcuffs on him, too. “This is outrageous,” de Blasio said.
Williams and Foy were freed from a police command post at nearby Union Temple without being charged after “a lot of negotiations,” de Blasio said.
“My staffer was thrown to the ground,” he said.
Kelly ordered the investigation Monday night after meeting with Williams and Foy.
“Before their identities were established, Council member Williams and Mr. Foy were stopped from entering a frozen zone near the Brooklyn Museum,” NYPD brass said in a statement.
“A crowd formed and an unknown individual punched a police captain on the scene. In order to separate them from the crowd, Mr. Williams and Mr. Foy, who were handcuffed, were brought across the street and detained there until their identities were established and then released.”
Williams and Foy plan to hold a press conference Tuesday.
Moments before the ugly encounter, Williams danced along the parade route, waving the flag of his native Grenada.
Williams, who was wearing an official Council pin, Foy and a group of supporters and government staffers were walking to a reception at the Brooklyn Museum when they encountered cops.
“We had been given permission by a higher-ranking officer to walk on the sidewalk,” said Williams’ spokesman Stefan Ringel. “But when we headed up the street, the Council member was stopped by three officers.”
Ringel said Williams flashed his Council badge, but the cops “began speaking to him in higher tones” that became “disrespectful.” He said up to 20 cops surrounded them and got physical.
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) called on Mayor Bloomberg and Kelly to apologize “and make sure all responsible officers are strongly disciplined.”
He said the incident was the “further evidence of the siege mentality the NYPD has unleashed against black men in New York City.” Foy and Williams are both black. SOURCE