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NYC councilman convicted of blocking ambulance in protest

August 6, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City councilman Jumaane (joo-MAH’-nee) Williams has been sentence to time served after he was convicted of blocking an ambulance during a protest over the detention of a prominent immigration rights activist in January.

A jury on Monday found Williams guilty of obstructing emergency services. He was acquitted of disorderly conduct and the more serious charge of obstruction of government services.

The 41-year-old Democrat from Brooklyn was arrested outside a federal building over the detention of Ravi Ragbir (RAH’-vee RAHG’-beer), a citizen of Trinidad who has been fighting deportation after a fraud conviction.

Williams launched his campaign to unseat incumbent Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul a few days after his arrest.

They face off in the Democratic primary on Sept. 13.

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