CROWN HEIGHTS, NY (PIX11)—A New York City Council member from Brooklyn and a top staffer with the city's Public Advocate's office were arrested Monday following the festivities of the annual West Indian Day Parade.
A video of the arrest which happened near the Brooklyn Museum has since surfaced on YouTube.
Brooklyn City Council Member Jumaane Williams and Kirsten John Foy, an aide for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's office were arrested around 130 p.m. as they approached an event at the Brooklyn Museum. The duo was said to have entered a secure police zone and were handcuffed and detained until they could be identified. No charges were filed.
Jumaane Williams offered the following statement after the incident: "Today was a beautiful carnival and celebration of our West Indian culture. The event that took place upon the conclusion of my marching down Eastern Parkway was an easily avoidable incident involving a select number of police officers. No charges were filed against Mr. Foy or myself. I will speak in greater detail and answer more questions about this event tomorrow."
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio also addressed the media and the public by saying: " I am very concerned that the officers escalated this situation needlessly, even as two public servants were trying to show identification...I am calling for an investigation to get to the bottom of any police misconduct that occurred."
Late Monday night, the NYPD issued a statement about the incident, saying: "Before their identities were established the two men were stopped from entering a frozen zone near the Brooklyn Museum. A crowd formed and another unknown individual punched a police Captain. In order to separate them from the crowd Council Member Williams and his associate were handcuffed and brought across the street and detained until their identities were established."
Police say Police Commissioner Ray Kelly met with both the men who were arrested and has ordered an investigation.