NYPD Called 'Provocative And Uncivilized' In Arrest of Ambassador

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The NYPD's practices are once again being called into question, this time over the arrest of the ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It all centers around Gonsalves passing a police barrier Wednesday. According to a Reuters report, there's a case of he said, NYPD said, after another ambassador -- Delano Bart, of St. Kitts and Nevis -- called the police's actions "provocative and uncivilized" in a latter to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. "On his way to the elevator, he was shouted at and confronted by a police officer, who rudely questioned his action and then grabbed him by the neck and shoulder, displaying undue physical harassment against the ambassador," Bart, also chairman of the U.N. caucus of the Caribbean nations group, wrote.

Bart described the events as a "very serious and flagrant violation of obligations under the United Nations Headquarters Agreement and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations."

The NYPD, though, says that Gonsalves pushed aside the barriers -- meant as protection for the Israeli mission and consulate, also in Gonsalves' office building -- disregarding orders from a police officers, who told him not to do as such:

Gonsalves refused to stop or to identify himself. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and handcuffed near the elevators inside the building.

"He was subsequently identified and released at the scene," [NYPD spokesman] Paul Browne said.

Coming just a week after an Occupy Wall Street march against police brutality and in the midst of increasing criticism, we can't say this is good press for the NYPD.


[EstherZuckerman / ezwrites]

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Dean Peters
Dean Peters

People please get the fact before speaking hate and xenophobia.  Just a note that foreign diplomatic bring immense benefits to the city of NYC.  Do some home work and educate yourself on the matter.

Each coin has two sides people.  Just like hosting the UN and other agencies- there are the pros and the cons; you cannot have one without the other.  


Its actually great press for the NYPD. Some jacka$$ with a very exaggerated sense of entitlement pushes aside a barrier meant to protect another delegation, refuses to identify himself and refuses to obey a lawful order. Bravo to NYPD for stopping this idiot. Had he not exhibited behavior that suggested evil intent he would not have been stopped or detained.


How ironic, NYPD risking their lives to safeguard the same people who refused to obey police order and doesn't even have decent manner/respect for the NYPD to at least identify them self. 


LOULAI:It seems as though you are misinformed about the case at hand. So let me enlighten you, because what ever those little voices in your head is telling you, they are all wrong. 1. NO police officer have the right to address any body by "You, you, what do you think the barricades are there for?-NO MATTER RACE, COLOR OR CREED. 2.  I work in that area, and everybody pass through those barricades, because they are there as storage for the numerous protest for that same Israeli building. 3. You are of the same mind set like your like minded kind, who feel as though that once you are NOT born here, you have no rights. But, I have news for you, go and reach the Geneva convention rules with regards to the agreements between the UNITED NATION and the UNITED STATES of America, when done, come back and share your knowlege on this topic."SPEAK WHAT YOU KNOW, AND NOT WHAT YOU DON'T! Those are just a bit of information for you to digest. I WOULD BE FOLLOWING THIS BLOG!

Robert Rowley
Robert Rowley

 The only thing that NYPD try to safeguard is Kelly, Bloomberg and their pensions...citizens, rights and laws be damned. I continue to wonder, which is worse, the NYPD or other terrorists.

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