by James Thilman

“City Council Speaker Christine Quinn praised Rodriguez for his efforts to help the working poor in Manhattan’s 10th district and drew comparisons to Council Member Jumaane Williams’ arrest in September which eventually resulted in the discipline of three officers‘It’s odd to be here a second time,’ said Quinn.  ‘Why was he pushed to the ground?  Why was he held in a van for two hours by himself before being processed?  These are the kinds of questions that we want answered.’  Rodriguez and his colleagues claim that he was detained without access to an attorney for over 12 hours.  Said Council Member Letitia James, ‘The Constitution was suspended here.  He was denied his right to counsel and denied his right to an independent observation of his injuries.'”