Councilman caught up in Occupy tussle with police

September 18, 2012 9:24:49 AM PDT
Police and protesters clashed overnight as Occupy Wall Street marked its one-year anniversary.

Several protesters were arrested, and a City Council member was right in the middle of things.

There were about two dozen people lingering in Zuccotti Park Tuesday morning, but the crowd was larger and more boisterous during demonstrations that lasted into the night and left more than 180 arrested.

Protesters clogged intersections in the city's financial district, marching to the beat of drums and venting their rage against Wall Street, and cameras were rolling as a female police officer pushed Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams three times with her nightstick.

Williams had gone to Zuccotti Park earlier, both to support the protesters and monitor how they're being treated.

"I came in just as the arrests were happening, and I went over to check out and see what was going on," he said. "I got into a little tussle with the police. I think they weren't understanding who I was and why I was there."

Williams was not among those arrested at the park, part of a total of 181 taken into custody throughout the day.

The councilman, who was actually handcuffed during a confrontation with police at last year's West Indian Day Parade, says he'll continue to keep an eye on police conduct.

"I've actually been observing Occupy Wall Street for quite some time without incident," he said. "And so I'm hoping to continue to do that, actually."

More Occupy Wall Street activity is expected Tuesday.


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