According to spokesman Stefan Ringel, Mr. Williams was trying to make his way to the Brooklyn Museum for an event when police officers stopped him and said that no civillians were allowed to pass.
“The situation quickly and unnecessarily escalated,” Mr. Ringel said. He said that between 15-20 police officers came in to handle the dispute.
With Mr. Williams were a staffer from public advocate Bill de Blasio’s office and Brooklyn district leader Rodneyse Bichotte. According to Mr. Ringel, the staffer was also arrested. He said that Mr. de Blasio has called for an investigation into the incident.
Mr. Ringel said that Mr. Williams has since been released.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.
The confusion began when Williams and the Public Advocate’s Aide, Kirste J. Foy, attempted to exit the parade route and atten a luncheon at the Brooklyn Museum.
After passing through an initial police checkpoint, Williams and his group were blocked by three police officers from exiting the route, according to witnesses.
When they attempted to show credentials and identify themselves, the councilman’s aide says the officers still would not let them pass. Williams attempted to make a call to the precinct captain, while Foy tried to show the police officers his own credentials.
That is when, according to witnesses, the crowd of police officers grew and formed what they described as a “human barricade” to prevent the group from exiting. Witnesses said the police pushed Williams and his group, and things got “heated” when they asked the officers to stop pushing them.
The officers tripped and shoved Foy to the ground and handcuffed him. Williams was also pushed and handcuffed, witnesses said.
The two were held at the Union Temple of Brooklyn on Eastern Parkway, and released with no charges after about an hour.