Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement that gave birth to an international movement; it sparked the national dialogue when it came to income inequality and it organized a large group of politically-aware youth that had not been so vocal in the political arena in such a way in recent years.
The one-year anniversary filled Lower Manhattan with protesters once again, as well as legal observers, and civilian observers.
Among the observers in the massive crowd was New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, a Democrat who represents District 45 in Brooklyn. Councilman Williams ended up being assaulted by a police officer, and the moment was captured on camera and video.
Below is the photo that appeared immediately on Twitter as the event unfolded.
Jumaane Williams had tried to reveal his identity and status but the officer did not hear him. He has reportedly stated that he is “okay.”
Last night’s events won’t be the last as the NYPD tried to shut down the protest. The protests are most likely going to stay strong at least up to the election. The Green Party’s presidential candidate, Jill Stein, addressed the crowd prior to the incident with Councilman Jumaane Williams.
You can follow Councilman Jumaane Williams on Twitter: @JumaaneWilliams.