Councilman Jumaane Williams

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Councilman Jumaane Williams Testifies In Own Trial On Charges Over Protest

August 03, 2018 - 5:32 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-45th) testified at his own trial Friday, saying he broke the law in order to uphold the law.

As WCBS 880’s Steve Burns reported, it was back in January when Williams repeatedly stepped in front of an ambulance. The ambulance was carrying his friend, immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir, who fainted upon learning he was being reported.

"He simply just stated over and over again that: 'Yes, my intention was to slow if not stop the ambulance, my intention was to protect Ravi. My intention was to buy time,'" said Williams’ attorney, Rhiya Trivedi.

Williams cried on the stand as he recounted everything he possibly could to stop what he thought was an illegal arrest.

Trivedi acknowledged that Williams broke the law, but said he did it for the greater good.

"He violated some statutes that are designed to regulate traffic and designed to prevent the obstruction of emergency medical services which were not being provided to Ravi," Trivedi said.

An emergency medical technician on Thursday testified that a federal agent with the ambulance instructed the driver to skip the hospital and head straight to the detention center.