NYC to probe NYPD conduct in rally against activist's deportation

NYC to probe NYPD conduct in rally against activist's deportation

Ravi Ragbir, an immigration rights activist, in the United States is being held by ICE agents after he was arrested along with over a dozen other protesters and two New York City Council members on Thursday.

Among those arrested were Councilman Jumaane Williams, who was seen being bent over the hood of a vehicle and grimacing in pain as he was handcuffed in video shot by Buzzfeed, and whose suit jacket was torn in the encounter; and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, whose account tweeted a photograph of an officer in front of him with both arms around Ydanis' neck, while the councilman's hands were pulled behind him by another officer.

The detainment of immigration activist Ravi Ragbir (c.) sparked a protest that led to clashes with cops and two City Council members getting arrested. The NYPD did not confirm whether those arrested had been charged.

While reporting to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for a routine check-in at 26 Federal Plaza, Ragbir, executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC-an interfaith organization that helps undocumented immigrants fight detention and deportation- was detained on Thursday morning. "I was shoved and I was not obstructing anyone".

"This was the toughest one I've experienced", he said. "The NYPD was attempting to clear a path for that ambulance, which was purposely and repeatedly being blocked".

Ragbir's detention comes just days after ICE detained Jean Montrevil, another leader and founding member of the New Sanctuary Coalition. His attorneys said they had already filed a lawsuit. "Ravi must be released immediately", said Crowley.

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"When ICE does things that are just beyond understanding, when they had other choices, they only make us stronger", Schaper told VOA.

"We've been told that he will be processed and taken to a detention facility, they will not tell us where". His attorneys are seeking to have that conviction vacated and, separately, plan to challenge the legality of the deportation order based on that conviction.

In a statement late Thursday, an ICE spokeswoman said Ragbir had "exhausted" his petitions and appeals and would be deported. "He will remain in custody pending removal to Trinidad". "The fact that ICE has taken him as if his spirit, family ties and contributions to the community mean nothing is inhumane".

Both Rodriguez and Williams had been long-time supporters of Ragbir and joined him during an ICE check-in at the same building in May 2017, as reported by Gothamist.

In 2001, Ragbir was convicted of wire fraud while working as a loan processor for a US -based mortgage lender, making his green card subject to review despite the fact that his wife is a USA citizen and is the father a USA -born daughter. Previously, ICE officials had granted Ragbir prosecutorial discretion, including a stay of removal that was in effect until next week.

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