Before Jumaane Williams' parade run-in with police, Council Member Gale Brewer had her own incident
Before City Councilman Jumaane Williams was handcuffed and detained at the Carribean American Labor Day Parade in Brooklyn, one of William's Council colleagues had her own run-in with the police.
Gale Brewer, whose district is on the Upper West Side, says she was held behind police barricades for 90 minutes by a police officers at the New York City Pride parade in Manhattan this past June.
"I produced my Council ID," Brewer wrote in an October 4 letter to Ray Kelly, which she sent me a copy of.
The officer at Fifth Avenue and 39th Street "immediately adopted a belligerent attitude" and was "acting as though he felt he was under threat."
Then, according to Brewer's letter, the officer "grabbed" and "pushed" an African-American woman in her entourage.
"None of this was called for," she wrote.
The letter continues: "Finally, after an hour and a half, an NYPD officer of a higher rank came by and had me released. However, this was only after Council staff spoke by cell phone to parade organizers, who had to communicate my situation to this NYPD individual."
Brewer said she did not tell anyone about the incident, or write the letter, until after she heard about the detainment of Williams.
"In my own case I refrained from making a public matter of the way in which I was treated, but after the incident with Council Member Williams, perhaps I should have spoken up earlier," she wrote.