New york City Council member Jumaane Williams due in court after protest arrest

LOWER MANHATTAN, New York (WABC) -- New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams is due in court Tuesday on charges stemming from an arrest in January at a demonstration.

Williams, who represents parts of Brooklyn, was arrested while protesting the detention and deportation of immigration rights activist Ravi Ragbir in Lower Manhattan.

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Ydanis Rodríguez and Jumaane Williams, who both hold council seats, were arrested in Foley Square while protesting the arrest of Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant rights activist.

"They, I guess, were trying to take him out, and some of us were peacefully protesting," Williams said. "The police got a little out of control as far as I'm concerned. I've never experienced anything like that. But I really want to make sure that we focus on Ravi, because thankfully I got out. He hasn't."

Fellow council member Ydanis Rodriguez was among 17 other people arrested at the protest.

Williams is facing obstruction charges.

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