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NYC Councilman, at least 6 others arrested for blocking 5th Ave. traffic while protesting Trump’s SCOTUS pick


Nicole Hensley and Esha Ray
New York Daily News

Councilman Jumaane Williams on Monday night was arrested while protesting President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee pick at Trump Tower.

Cops busted seven demonstrators, including the Brooklyn politician, for blocking traffic outside Trump’s Fifth Ave. high-rise after he tapped the conservative Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Williams, also a Democratic challenger to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s reelection bid, joined the National Action Network-organized demonstration that was planned before Trump’s candidate was made public.

Six protesters face disorderly conduct charges, police said, while the Rev. Al Sharpton-led group’s crisis director, Rev. Kevin McCall, was slapped with a desk appearance ticket for obstruction.

Williams remained in custody as of midnight, according to his campaign spokesman, William Gerlich.

Williams was also arrested – alongside his mother – outside Trump Tower in January 2017, when Trump was sworn into office.


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