Just recently, a liberal councilman in New York went on Twitter and complained he was allegedly mistreated by an officer with the New York Police Department (NYPD) while he was being arrested during a protest that involved blocking the street, which apparently is a common tactic among liberals nowadays. The NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), though, immediately pushed back against his claim with several tweets of their own revealing the truth behind what really happened.
Specifically, New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D) published a picture on Twitter earlier this week showing an unidentified police officer with his arms wrapped around him during what appears to be some sort of struggle. Below the image, Rodriguez wrote, “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 [NYPD] is doing chokehold to us. Injusticia!”
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 pic.twitter.com/5Y9cRToA3C
— Ydanis Rodriguez (@ydanis) January 11, 2018
Rodriguez’s tweet, however, absolutely infuriated the SBA, which is run by President Ed Mullins. They replied to what the councilman wrote by calling him a “liar” and then proceeded to try and explain what really happened.
“Ydanis YOU are a liar,” began the SBA in response to Rodriguez’s tweet. “Tell the people of NYC how you blocked an ambulance from taking a sick man to a hospital. Tell them how you resisted lawful orders and injured 3 members of the NYPD and tried to use your political position to threaten those officer and free yourself. COWARD,” they added.
Ydanis YOU are a liar. Tell the people of NYC how you blocked an ambulance from taking a sick man to a hospital. Tell them how you resisted lawful orders and injured 3 members of the NYPD and tried to use your political position to threaten those officer and free yourself. COWARD
— SBA (@SBANYPD) January 11, 2018
In a follow-up tweet, they wrote, “make no mistake we will be in court. We will follow your case so the DA doesn’t play politics and surrender to political pressure. You called the Commissioners office wanted a favor YOU are a disgrace to the other members of City Council DO NOT TOUCH a NYC Police Officer ever!”
Upon reading the SBA’s criticism, replied, “the ambulance was NOT transporting a sick person. They were transporting Ravi [Ragbir], who is the head of the [faith-based immigrant rights group New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City]…[and] was targeted for deportation,” adding, “they use this dirty trick to confuse people & justify violence against peaceful protesters trying to prevent the deportation.”
Rodriguez’s response is a bit problematic though. This is because, while’s it’s true that Ragbir was the person being transported in the ambulance, it’s not true that he wasn’t sick as he was only placed in the vehicle after he had suddenly fainted while being detained during a check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Since it’s not entirely normal for someone to suddenly faint, it was imperative that he be taken to the hospital as quickly as possible to be examined.
Following the incident, NYPD Sergeant Jessica McRorie told reporters that they were currently reviewing video footage that was taken of the incident. “At this point, it appears the police were clearing a path for an ambulance with a patient inside that was en route to a hospital,” explained Sgt. McRorie when asked to provide more details about the current investigation. “The NYPD was attempting to clear a path for that ambulance, which was purposely and repeatedly being blocked,” she added.
Outraged over the fact that elected officials went out and blocked an ambulance that was on its way to the hospital with a patient inside, Lou Turco, the President of the Lieutenants Benevolent Association (LBA), called on Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) to “start an investigation on these council members that [sic] actively went in front of an ambulance with its emergency lights on taking a patient to the hospital.”
In an attempt to justify the need for an investigation, Turco added, “they have a right to protest. It’s the American way, I get it. 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.”
Fortunately, it looks like something may be done about Rodriguez blocking an ambulance. This is because, when asked about the incident, Eric Phillips, a spokesman for the mayor, told reporters, “the area is covered extensively by cameras and we’ll be reviewing the footage to get to the bottom of what happened.”
Hopefully, after reviewing the footage of what really happened, Rodriguez, and anyone else who attempted to block an emergency vehicle, are punished as harshly as possible. This is because, by doing so, others will be much less likely to do something similar in the future.