Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams was arrested on Labor Day after an altercation with New York Police officers following the West Indian Day Parade.

Williams was not charged with any crime, nor was Kirsten John Foy, an aide to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who was handcuffed and taken into custody with Williams.

According to The New York Times, de Blasio said the two men were walking to a post-parade event at the Brooklyn Museum using a blocked sidewalk. After Williams explained who they were to police, they were allowed to proceed.

However, as they ventured farther down the sidewalk, the two men encountered more police, were handcuffed and thrown to the ground.

“Jumaane was wearing a council member’s pin, they were trying to explain who they were, but the officers weren’t listening,” de Blasio told the Times.

According to reports, the two men were handcuffed after an altercation in which an unknown person punched one officer in the face, putting the NYPD on edge. Police officials said the detainment of Williams and de Blasio was “for identification purposes only”.

“A crowd formed and an unknown individual punched a police captain on the scene,” NYPD spokesman Paul J. Browne said in a statement. “In order to separate them from the crowd, Mr. Williams and Mr. Foy, who were handcuffed, were brought across the street and detained there until their identities were established and then released.”

Other council members reacted after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested a “beer summit” similar to the one President Obama created when Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested at his house in Massachusetts two years ago.

Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly have apologized since the incident, but their apologies have not placated critics.

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn told The New York Daily News that all officers should be strongly disciplined and that the incident was “further evidence of the siege mentality the NYPD has unleashed against Black men in New York City.”