City Councilmember Jumaane Williams has introduced a resolution in the City Council that, if passed, would formally condemn Mayor Bloomberg for ordering the eviction of Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park last month. PolitickerNY reports that Williams introduced a resolution yesterday that describes the eviction as "overly aggressive" and "poses a threat to our civil liberties." Williams, you'll recall, went down to Zuccotti Park on the night of the NYPD's surprise eviction; he avoided arrest that night, but his colleague Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez was arrested, along with several reporters.

In the resolution, Williams, who was briefly arrested by the NYPD during a confrontation at the West Indian-American Day parade in September, is blasting the NYPD for "the destruction of the encampment that the OWS members had created at the park resulted in the seizure and possible damage to more than 5000 books that made up the “People’s Library” at the park, along with the seizure and breakage of many tents, tarps, backpacks, shoes, computers, various equipment and other possessions."

Two days after the eviction, Williams was arrested during a civil disobedience protest near the Brooklyn Bridge, where thousands of demonstrators were marching as part of a day-long protest. It's unclear if Williams has enough votes for his resolution to pass, but yesterday it was referred to the Committee on Public Safety for further review.

Asked if he thinks he has support to get the resolution passed, Williams tells us, "I believe many of my colleagues understand what is at stake on this issue. You do not have to support Occupy Wall Street to support this resolution; this is about condemning overaggressive policing tactics... City leaders should not stand idly by and allow the NYPD’s actions during the raid on Zuccotti Park to go unchecked. People were sleeping when military-style tactics were employed to destroy personal property, deny access to the media and detain a Council Member for 12 hours without access to his attorney. I am pushing for police accountability for this very reason; without it, all citizens are in danger of future acts of abuse."

Here's the text of the resolution, in full:

Whereas, On Tuesday, November 15, 2011 in a predawn sweep, members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) forcibly evicted the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters from Liberty Plaza, also known as Zuccotti Park, where the OWS movement began on September 17, 2011; and

Whereas, Excessive force appears to have been used to disrupt the peaceful protests and passive behavior of many OWS members during the eviction which included the arrest of Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez; and

Whereas, The NYPD’s inability to differentiate between civilians that pose a harm to the public and those that do not is disquieting; and

Whereas, Those protestors who resisted the efforts to clear out the park that began at roughly 1:00 a.m. were met by NYPD in riot gear with batons; and

Whereas, The destruction of the encampment that the OWS members had created at the park resulted in the seizure and possible damage to more than 5000 books that made up the “People’s Library” at the park, along with the seizure and breakage of many tents, tarps, backpacks, shoes, computers, various equipment and other possessions; and

Whereas, Mayor Bloomberg has stated that his decision to move to evict the OWS protesters was not intended to hamper their constitutional rights of speech and expression; and

Whereas, Reporters, journalists and photographers from the Associated Press, the Daily News, National Public Radio (NPR) and the New York Post and other press entities were prohibited from covering the eviction of protestors and were in some cases arrested themselves; and

Whereas, According to the New York Times, the Police Commissioner stated that nearly 200 people were arrested, 142 in the park and 50 to 60 in the streets nearby; and

Whereas, According to Mayor Bloomberg, his decision to evict the OWS occupation was based on public health and safety concerns for the protesters and the surrounding community; and

Whereas, The decision by the Bloomberg Administration to undertake a police action in the early hours of the morning to forcibly remove residents of New York City, New York State and involved citizens who have traveled far and wide to join the OWS movement from Liberty Plaza since the occupation commenced was excessive and poses a threat to our civil liberties; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York condemns the overly aggressive actions of the Bloomberg Administration that were used to evict the Occupy Wall Street protestors that occurred in the predawn hours of November 15, 2011.