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lunes, 15 de enero de 2018

NYC Democrat Councilmen arrested after blocking ambulance on way to hospital [Video]

New York City police arrested nearly 20 people late last week for obstructing traffic during a demonstration. Two city councilmen, both Democrats, were among those arrested after they repeatedly blocked an ambulance from transporting a patient to a local hospital.

The protesters were demonstrating for immigration rights. Apparently, the empathy they showed for immigrants didn’t carry over to a sick or injured patient — even if it was one of their own.

“Freedom. Resist”

The council members — representing two different boroughs — were handcuffed and placed into custody, according to a council staffer. The New York Post reported:

Council members Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) and Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) were busted while blocking an ambulance holding Ravi Ragbir on Broadway near City Hall, said Sebastian Maguire, an aide to Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens).

Williams breathlessly said, “Freedom. Resist. Freedom. Resist. We are going to resist,” while a cop held him face down on the hood of a gray car, according to video posted on Twitter by BuzzFeed News.

The 39-second clip also shows cops grappling with several protesters sitting on the street.

It’s hard to imagine that the councilmembers will be able to plead “not guilty” to charges of resisting arrest after such clear admissions of guilt.

Politico politics correspondent Gloria Pazmino reported:

Gloria Pazmino on Twitter

Posting photos of that moment showing @JumaaneWilliams and @ydanis arrest here, shot up close by @willalatriste:

Cops criticized

NYPD cops came under fire for their alleged rough treatment of the protesters, who numbered approximately 300. A total of 10 men and eight women were arrested.

“They were picking me up and throwing me because I’m small enough that they could,” female freelance journalist Indigo Olivier, 22, of Brooklyn, told The Post.

“They kept going for my breasts. They were really aggressively pushing and I kept saying, ‘Those are my breasts.’”

Similarly, Councilman Rodriguez tweeted:

Ydanis Rodriguez on Twitter

This is NOT how you treat people who are protesting for Human Rights. This is NOT what democracy looks like. We can’t call ourselves progressives and pro-immigrants when the @NYPDnews is doing chokehold to us. Injusticia! @NYCMayorsOffice @DHSgov @ICEgov #ImmigrationReform

Ambulance targeted

Protesters specifically targeted the ambulance because Ragbir, its patient, is an immigration activist who was being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, agents. He was nonetheless a patient on his way to the hospital. The Post reported:

Ragbir, executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials during a “routine check-in” at 26 Federal Plaza, according to a statement issued by the group.

He was put in the ambulance after fainting, Maguire said.

Lou Turco, president of the Lieutenants Benevolent Association, said it wasn’t a question of First Amendment rights.

“They have a right to protest. It’s the American way, I get it,” he said.

“But they cannot block an ambulance going to the hospital. And these are council members who are dictating policy for the city of New York.”

Turco placed all wrongdoing on the protesters. He called upon Mayor Bill de Blasio “to start an investigation on these council members that actively went in front of an ambulance with its emergency lights on taking a patient to the hospital.”

And that’s what it all comes down to — placing human life above politics.

Watch the report, via ABC New York Eyewitness News.

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