Jumaane D. Williams

Jumaane D. Williams

Councilman Jumaane Williams, who represents the 46th district which overlaps portions of Community Board 15, was detained this weekend during the West Indian Day Parade, along with an aide to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Williams claims the police handled him roughly and unnecessarily, even while he presented his City Council bonafides and explained that NYPD brass had given him clearance.

Today, Williams held a press conference while flanked by scores of other elected officials from around the city and state, stating that he believed the incident occurred because of his skin color and the discriminatory stop-and-frisk protocol tainting enforcement culture.

Below is a statement Williams’ office issued following the conference.

COUNCIL MEMBER WILLIAMS’ STATEMENT FOLLOWING TODAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE ON HIS ARREST AT WEST INDIAN DAY PARADE

BROOKLYN, NY, September 6, 2011: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) released the following statement to complement his remarks at today’s press conference addressing he and Kirsten John Foy, Director of Community Relations for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D-New York), being placed in handcuffs and detained by police Monday afternoon at the West Indian-American Day Carnival.

“First of all, I want to express my dismay and sadness over the tragic violence that occurred this weekend. It is unacceptable for young black and Latino men to be dying in these numbers. These are New York City’s children. I am glad to see that this story is receiving some attention, but now action must be taken. It is paramount that the police continue to partner with us to combat violence in our communities. I look forward to continuing to work with local police officers to combat youth violence in our communities, as I did when I introduced legislation that a now-retired community affairs officer brought to my attention.

As to yesterday’s events, it is important that the key facts are set straight, since the statement released by the NYPD was blatantly unfactual. No punches were thrown by anyone involved. Both Mr. Foy and myself had been given clearance by a higher-ranking police officer to be on the sidewalk, which was reserved for elected officals and other dignitaries. We both presented our credentials and identification repeatedly to police officers immediately upon being questioned. Furthermore, the claim that we were detained until our identities were established is ridiculous.

This was an incident involving a select number of police officers that quickly and unnecessary escalated itself. We believe that had Mr. Foy or I been white, this would not have happened. Plain and simple. It is a reflection of a culture which includes stop and frisk protocol that I hope after this incident will finally end, based on how unfairly it targets innocent black and Latino young men.

I have spoken with Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly, both of whom have assured me that an investigation is underway. Whatever action is taken against the police officers in question, it must be accompanied by real policy reform for this to mean anything.

Thank you to all who came to the event to support Mr. Foy and myself, including, but not limited to: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Eric Adams, State Senator Kevin Parker, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, State Senator John L. Sampson, Assembly Member Karim Camara, Assembly Member Vanessa Gibson, Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries, Assembly Member N. Nick Perry, Council Member Charles Barron, Council Member Fernando Cabrera, Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Member Daniel Dromm, Council Member Dan Garodnick, Council Member David Greenfield, Council Member Robert Jackson, Council Member Letitia James, Council Member Brad Lander, Council Member Stephen Levin, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Council Member Deborah Rose, District Leader Rodneyse Bichotte, District Leader Robert Cornegy, District Leader Jesse Hamilton, District Leader Lincoln Restler, District Leader Walter Mosley, Pastor Gilford T. Monrose from the 67th Precinct Clergy Council; Reverend Charles Galbreath from the Clarendon Road Church, Reverend Cheryl Anthony from the Brooklyn NYPD Clergy Task Force, Elder Victor Young from St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church, Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus from the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush, Rabbi Aryweh Ralbag from the Young Israel Synagogue of Avenue K and Monique Waterman from East Flatbush Village, Inc.”

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  • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      ohh and this just makes me laugh….

      http://www.news12.com/articleDetail.jsp?articleId=291550&position=1&news_type=news

      “Mayor Michael Bloomberg Tuesday blamed illegal
      handguns for a shooting that killed three people and wounded two police
      officers a few blocks from the route of the annual West Indian Day
      Parade in Brooklyn. ”  

      Bad Guns Bad!! Go into the corner!! Blame the guns not the people who Shoot them?   i think our mayor smokes Crack.

      • nolastname

        Mayor Bloomass was just given cause (along with the shootings) to shut down the event. Something I am sure he will take pleasure doing because it does nothing for his rich buds.

  • Anonymous
  • Kiplingsburdens

    Tsk, tsk… silly Councilman.. It wasn’t skin color.. The heroic NY Parking Ticket/Payoffs Department treats every one with utter contempt. Just ask the local “Heroes” from the 61st when the Russian mob doesn’t give them their weekly payoff… Then they get extra-cranky…

    But then they get to take out their crankiness by padding arrests, you know like setting up broken parking meters and arresting drivers who park at the space and try and put a quarter in or as they do in Staten Island from time to time, arresting men sitting in their cars…

    Heroes….

    If the Honorable Council member (hard to say with a straight face) is blaming skin  color, surely then all the Caucasian American Victims of the Heroic NYPD can blame skin color too…

    • Anonymous

      I would like to hear more about “setting up broken parking meters” and arresting drivers who park there since it is not illegal to park at a broken meter.

    • Anonymous

      I would like to hear more about “setting up broken parking meters” and arresting drivers who park there since it is not illegal to park at a broken meter.

      • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

        Just what I was thinking. I’d like to see some evidence of the claims, since Kipling’s so eager to indiscriminately disparage one of the world’s largest police forces. Prove the bribes. Prove the padding of arrests. Otherwise, refrain from defaming an entire profession because of bad apples.

        • Serpico2011

          “Disparage”??? Too funny.. I watched those heroes “supervise” multikilo cocaine deals in Sheepshead Bay when I was 11-years-old. The Italian Maffia on Ave U “owned” the precinct..

          Another cop made certain “secret” Grand Jury testimony found its way into the hands of a murderer so that he could buy off a witness..

          Terribly “Disparaging….”

          They didn’t pad the arrests by arresting people for parking at a broken meter, they arrested them for tampering with the meter that they knew was broken and waited for the next motorist to park.

          It took me years to understand why all of my family’s employees made sure to spit in the food we served  heroes… Now I know all too well. The locals are bought and paid for by the russian mob now… The Village Voice and New York Magazine were writing about it 15 years ago.

          Tsk, tsk….

  • Bugg

    The problem is feckless hack pols like this jerk tolerate this annual narcotics and firearms festival in which 48 people were shot yesterday, including 2 cops. Bloomberg apprarenlty believes the guns are falling from the sky and going off by themselves.   What crap. If you want to investiaget something, investigate why this dangerous criminality is tolerated and whay the media each year doesn’t tell the true story. Instead we get PC “diversity” nonsense. This parade is basically a lawless riot. Councilman Williams should worry about that.

    If you want to live in a 3rd world shithole, move back there.

    • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

      “Feckless hack pols”… is that because you believe all politicians are worthless hacks? Or do you know something about Williams? I’m thinking it’s the former, and I’m thinking that’s not very helpful to anybody – especially any politicians out there who got into the game for the right reason and are fighting for their constituents.

      Oh, and 48 people shot yesterday? Not quite. It was 48 people shot during a 3-day weekend. And it’s still unclear if any of the shooting that bracketed the parade were actually related to the parade. The one that involved the police officers was not involved with the parade; it was nearby and officers working the parade responded.

      But I guess the facts are just too PC these days…

      • Bugg

        With all due respect, almsot all these incidents from the Jump Up nonsense the night before to the police shooting last night were about this parade. Pretending this is some wonderful peaceful celebration is sticking your head in the sand. Simply this parade for years has been a complete and total debacle. Cops are told NOT to enforce the law. The gunfire is nonstop, and this year the media couldn’t ignore it  because of the people running from gunfire on Eastern Parkway several times was photographed and videotaped.

      • Guest

        To say that some of the shootings were not related to the parade is insane. All the shootings yesterday occurred on the parade route or a few blocks off the parade route. The entire weekend is an excuse for people to act like fools. The media always hides the fact until this year. 

        • Anonymous

          That part i’m going to agree, the Media hides EVERYTHING…

          Horrible Horrible Thing :(

          • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

            Absolutely correct. The media hates to portray people acting like fools…

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stan-Desyatnikov/519236009 Stan Desyatnikov

            Depends on the group of people…

  • Bugg

    The problem is feckless hack pols like this jerk tolerate this annual narcotics and firearms festival in which 48 people were shot yesterday, including 2 cops. Bloomberg apprarenlty believes the guns are falling from the sky and going off by themselves.   What crap. If you want to investiaget something, investigate why this dangerous criminality is tolerated and whay the media each year doesn’t tell the true story. Instead we get PC “diversity” nonsense. This parade is basically a lawless riot. Councilman Williams should worry about that.

    If you want to live in a 3rd world shithole, move back there.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmmm, I wonder what’s more likely, that some cops decided to make a race based arrest, in the middle of a Caribbean Cultural Parade of all things, or, the councilman decided to be a pompous moron and instead of cooperating, wanted to make political statement.  It’s not like the cops have an easy job at this parade which over the years has a history of violence. 

    • Anonymous

      I really doubt it that the councilman was a “pompous moron”. I’ve heard him speak in person twice and I was impressed with his sincerity both times. I believe him 100% that he had no trouble at the first two checkpoints but couldn’t get past the third one. What evidence do you have to doubt him or is it that you just dislike all politicians?

      • Anonymous

        How can you be 100% sure of it, you weren’t there?  To me this incident looks very similar to the one where a black professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr was arrested and tried to claim racism, only to come out looking like an ass later.    Henry is also a pretty good speaker.

        I see absolutely no reason for a cop to make a scene in the middle of a parade if in fact he thought that the person was councilman.  But there are many reason for the councilman to make a scene.  For one he views himself as a person of authority and probably doesn’t like to take orders from others.  Two, by making an issue of it he could make a political statement and gain sympathy from the community.  The fact that in his statement he had the following “we believe that had Mr. Foy or I been white, this would not have happened” speaks of volumes on this man’s mindset.

        • Anonymous

          Of course I can’t be 100% sure but neither can you. You can’t compare this to the Gates incident. They are two different people. The only similarity is both are Black. Every Black isn’t out to prove racism when there isn’t any.

          How do you assume he doesn’t like to take orders when he had no problem with the first two checkpoints? Also, the fact that two people were involved, not one, lends more credibility than the Gates incident. why is it so hard for you to accept that the cop could have been wrong and that race wasn’t a factor?

          If you’ve ever seen Williams in person, you would know that he doesn’t look like your typical councilman. The first time I heard him speak, I would have thought he was a college student had he not made a point of saying he was a councilman. Also Foy was not wearing a suit and also did not look like an official. The cop probably didn’t even look at their IDs because he was so sure they weren’t who they said they were.

          • Anonymous

            The cop could have been wrong but I don’t think he was.  As I stated in my other post, the fact that Williams said that if he were white this would not have happened speaks volumes.  Who knows what happened at the other two checkpoints, perhaps the cops there were black and he wanted to be more polite to them, or perhaps by the third check point he was tired with all the police intervention.  Like I said, I see absolutely no reason for the cops to have made a scene.  If he presented his credentials, instead of some pin, and been polite he would have been treated just fine. 

          • Anonymous

            You may have a point about being polite. Cops don’t like it when anyone shows any type of attitude which may or may not have been the case. I saw nothing in the article that stated he pointed to a pin. He said he showed credentials or an official badge. I also think his general appearance, the earring and dreadlocks may have been more of a factor than the fact that he was Black. Why is it so hard for you to believe that cops give Blacks a harder time when it comes to questioning you on the street than they do whites?

            A few months ago I saw a young Black man state that he is stopped and questioned by police about once every two months, six times in the past year alone. Again, i don’t think that he is stopped just because he is Black, but because of other factors regarding his appearance which probably resemble suspects the police lookingking for. How often do you get stopped?

          • Anonymous

            How often do I get stopped?  Good question.  Now that I am a 30 year old family man I don’t get stopped at all.  When I was younger and hanging out with friends I once got stopped 4 times in one year.  I wasn’t doing anything wrong and dont look or dress like a hood but hanging out, listening to music or driving around with friends was enough to get stopped.  Two times the stops were fine, one time the cops were rude and unprofessional and one time bordered on police brutality.  I could whine that it was because I am Russian but it was probably more of how I was dressed, who I was with, young guys with nothing to do. I think it mostly has to do with how you are dressed and carry yourself then with skin color.  I bet someone who looks like Bill Cosby doesn’t get stopped much but someone who liked like Lil Wayne gets stopped quit often.  And there are good reasons for that.

          • BrooklynBus

            It’s true.  Younger people get stopped more often regardless of color. Many years ago when I was in my mid-thirties, I was driving a very old beat-up car.  Cops were watching to get someone running a stop sign. It was not too far from Kingsborough College.  I’m convinced that I was stopped because of the condition of my car and they thought I was a college student. For some reason I was wearing a suit and tie that day. I was particularly annoyed because they were hiding 200 feet from the stop sign and there was no way in hell they could tell from that distance if I came to a complete stop or cruised through at 5 mph. They pulled me over a block later and asked for my license and registration. You could tell from how they looked at me that they were surprised I wasn’t a college student. I acted very annoyed that I was stopped like I was in a hurry and they were inconveniencing me although I really had no appointment to keep. They walked to the back of the car, had a discussion for about 30 seconds.  They didn’t even go back to the car to check the plates and registration. I expected a summons, but instead I got an apology for being stopped. They must have thought I was someone important and didn’t want me to make waves. Imagine that an apology! Now if I was a college student like they thought when they stopped me who acted annoyed with an attitude, what do you think would have happened and would it have been worse if I was Black?

  • Anonymous

    “It is unacceptable for young black and Latino men to be dying in these numbers” Hmm.. I wonder whats wrong with this statement..

    • Anonymous

      I know I know.  Instead of making a racist statement, he should have said ” It is unacceptable for young New Yorkers to be dying in these numbers.” Or better yet ” It’s unacceptable for young black and Latino men to be committing this many crimes” 

  • LeaterK

    At least this Parade of bullets and crime is not walking around this area. Let it stay in East New York

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