Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez Arrested, Injured at Occupy Wall Street Raid

broadwaypine Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez Arrested, Injured at Occupy Wall Street Raid
Crowd at barricade on Broadway and Pine

New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez has been arrested at the NYPD raid on Occupy Wall Street. David Segal, a spokesperson for Councilman Rodriguez, told the Observer he confirmed the Councilman’s arrest through a staffer at City Hall.

“City Hall knows that he’s been arrested, they’ve put in calls with the NYPD to see his status,” Mr. Segal said.

Mr. Segal was made aware of the situation via a late night phone call from the Observer.

Councilman Rodriguez, who represents the 10th district, is not the only politician at the scene of the raids. Councilman Jumaane Williams, who represents the 45th District, was near Zuccotti Park and witnessed Councilman Rodriguez being taken away by police. According to Councilman Williams’ press secretary, Stefan Ringel, Councilman Rodriguez seemed to have been injured.

“The Councilmember saw Councilman Rodriguez bleeding and he was apparently taken away,” Mr. Ringel told the Observer.

Councilman Williams is currently staying near the scene of the raid on the Occupy Wall Street encampment.

“Right now he’s going to Broadway and Pine with [New York Civil Liberties Union director] Norman Siegel because he heard there was some bad stuff going on and he’s going to observe,” Mr. Ringel said.

The Observer was at the corner of Broadway and Pine about an hour ago and there was a growing group of approximately 100 protesters facing off with police at a steel barricade. Periodic shoving matches broke out whenever demonstrators attempted to move the barricades forward.

Neither Councilman Williams or Councilman Rodriguez is a stranger to protests. Councilman Rodriguez organized a march in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street earlier this month. Councilman Williams was arrested at the West Indian Labor Day Parade in September.

35 thoughts on “Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez Arrested, Injured at Occupy Wall Street Raid

      1. Nope, I just support their mission, which is to clear out the hippie trash.

        And I have news for you, son… those same cops protect the likes of you from the rest of us.

      2. I’m a new York city police officer and I agree. The higher up don’t want us to protect the public the just want arrest and summons.

      3. the fact that you said “hippie trash” leads me to 2 conclusions.  Well, more than that but I’ll keep it civil.  
        1. You obviously have no idea what is actually going on or who the protesters are.   I’m guessing you’ve never been to one.  Unless protesting your couch counts.
        2.  You are brainwashed by…..maybe Fox?  Maybe WP?  Who knows, but try thinking for yourself, step off the front stoop of your house and enlighten yourself.

  1. Maybe the Councilmen need to spend more time supporting the needs of those who elected them and less time supporting a bunch of people who, for the most part, have no stake in the local community, be it a local district or NYC in total! And, as a local official, supporting the NYPD might be a nice idea!!

      1. My point really is that these elected officials probably would better serve their districts in other ways than getting involved in this. And as far as your apparent issue with the NYPD.. I’ll let that go. That’s not my problem!!

      2. elected officials supporting the people’s right to the 1st amendment… and still we find “Americans” who think it’s wrong

    1. do you even understand what OWS is all about?….. they are there fighting for everyone , they are there for you! how dare you say they have no stake in their community!

      1. These rich bums and perverts are not “fighting” for anything but their own delusions and power.   The best one was the ows woman complaining that some stole her $ 5500 laptop.  

  2. Re read the 1st amendment before saying anything stupid: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
    prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
    speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
    assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    1. Nothing at all about permits, curfews, megaphones, drugs, tents, sleeping bags, generators, books, teach ins, or saying mean things about the gilded fascist elite.  It doesn’t even mention the number of people required to be an assembly or if they must be U.S. citizens. The only requirement to a constitutionally legal assembly of  “We the People” is being peaceful.

  3. They came like thieves in the night…Bloomberg’s Blue Shirts. They robbed us of our rights, and our possessions…while preventing reporters from reporting on the scene. No free press…no free speech. Welcome to NYC. Bloomberg, the self-proclaimed number one defender of free speech (pause for gagging), said in no uncertain terms: “yes, you have the right…..the right to remain silent. So just shut up, and obey”. But this is only the beginning dear Mayor .0001%., not the end. This WILL be your legacy- of repression. But you will NOT succeed. These mayors, governors, city councils, police chiefs, and street cops of America need to realize that it is NOT UP TO THEM whether or not Americans peaceably gather, protest, discuss, or demonstrate. It’s up to a document called the US CONSTITUTION. You can beat us and arrest us and tear-gas us, you can try to “permit” us to death….but you can’t kill an idea. You can’t keep down a people’s hopes and dreams for a better life….for us, and for our kids. America USED to work. The people had work. The system worked (sort of). Hey, EVEN the Congress used to work (sometimes). God knows, it was far, far, far from perfect -but at least we all had some share in the struggles AND the rewards. But somewhere along the way, we lost our way. Because now we have an economy and a political system that seems to work only for the rich. With OWS America has found it’s voice, and that voice demands fairness and justice – for ALL. This land IS our land! AND WE WANT IT BACK! We want our LIVES back! We want our FUTURE back! But it’s much more than just words…. it’s much more than politics….. it’s your freakin’ LIFE, and how you want to live it, and how you WILL live it. Find a quiet place somewhere, and consider this: Each of us has only one brief life….one chance….one roll of the dice….and many choices. The time has come to choose….to risk…and to act. If not now…then when? If not you, then….who? You DO have the power my friend….and the choice IS yours. Don’t let your dreams die….

  4. This kind of violence and unconstitutional acts being committed by the police under orders from some of their city administrators is also Domestic Terrorism as defined by the U.S. Patriot Act.

    People should start pressing charges against these domestic terrorists. Take their photos, get videos and get witnesses willing to testify. Then go to the DA’s office and demand arrests! Then go to the FBI, the CIA or even to the military and demand the criminals be designated as domestic terrorists. The law is for everyone to use, so use it!

    Under the USA PATRIOT ACT, Section 802 of HR 3162 defines domestic terrorism as activities that:

    1.) “involve acts dangerous to human life”

    2.) “that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States”

    3.) “appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;” or “to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion”

  5. Those who are posting that the protesters should have been arrested should also believe that Native Americans should have kicked  the Eurotrash out of this country centuries ago. 

    1. The overwhelming majority of the ows are white Euromutts — the protestors have the same makeup as the KKK and Nazi Party which formally endorses them.   It’s a fact, Jack, look at the pictures.  Whitebread on steroids.  

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