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.