“The officer asked the ambassador to stop, he refused, he continued and entered into the location, and the officers followed him into the location,” the NYPD on Thursday in statement.
But Gonsalves, the eldest son of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that was simply not the case.
“I never refused to identify myself. I asked him (police officer) “why, am I under arrest” And he said, “you’e now.
“I didn’t say I wouldn’t show ID (identification),” Gonsalves told CMC, adding that he did not get the opportunity to show identification because the white police officer, who he could only identify by his last name and badge number “Parker, 21289” had unexpectedly grabbed him from behind and “spun” him around, in the lobby of the building that houses the St. Vincent and the Grenadines’s Mission to the United Nations, and immediately wrestled to handcuff him.
The envoy, however, said, while his hands were clasped in front of his person, he told Officer Parker that he should not be arrested under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which gives diplomats immunity.