Human Rights

Exclusive Video: NYPD Arrests Mayor Bill de Blasio Adviser for Filming Arrest of Homeless Man

New York's Finest are facing criticism after arresting a mayoral adviser.

Photo Credit: All Things Harlem/Democracy Now!

Five Mualimm-ak was arrested while attempting to mediate a police confrontation with a homeless man in midtown Manhattan. Five Mualimm-ak had just left an event at George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, where he read his essay in the book "Hell is a Very Small Place," about his five years in solitary confinement.

Since being released from prison in 2012, Five Mualimm-ak has become a prominent advocate for previously incarcerated men and women. He serves on Mayor de Blasio’s Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System. He was arrested Tuesday along with fellow prison activist Joseph "Jazz" Hayden.

Five other people who attended the book reading were later arrested at the police precinct, where they went to inquire about the arrest of Five Mualimm-ak and Hayden. They were charged with "refusal to disperse."

We speak to Five Mualimm-ak and two other activists connected with Incarcerated Nation Corp., Joseph "Jazz" Hayden and Terrence Slater. All three were arrested on Tuesday.

Watch: Democracy Now! interview with Five Mualimm-ak, Joseph "Jazz" Hayden and Terrence Slater

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