A Caribbean diplomat claims the NYPD displayed "undue physical harassment" and violated diplomatic immunity when they detained a colleague on Wednesday. Reuters reports that according to a senior diplomat representing a caucus of small Caribbean nations, St. Vincent's envoy Camillo Gonsalves was walking past a police barrier towards his office near U.N. headquarters when he was grabbed "by the neck and shoulder."
The senior diplomat goes on to describe the police's conduct in a letter as "provocative and uncivilized." After Gonsalves was detained by officers, he was identified then released. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne claims that Gonsalves "refused to stop or identify himself" as he approached the building. Security around the U.N. building has been tightened since the recent attack on a Jewish school in France killed seven people.