News De Blasio defends NYPD for Flood Wall Street arrests New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during the Climate Summit 2014 at United Nations headquarters in New York City on September, 23 2014. Photo Credit: EPA / JUSTIN LANE By IVAN PEREIRA email@example.com @IvanPer4 Updated September 23, 2014 8:16 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the NYPD's actions during Monday's environmental sit down protest that led to 100 arrests. The mayor told reporters Tuesday the police did a "fantastic job" allowing the Flood Wall Street protesters to let their voices be heard while simultaneously keeping the peace, and ensuring that the rally didn't disrupt the public. "The NYPD, consistent with how they have handled Occupy in the past, did a great job of striking the right balance," he said. Most of the arrests took place at night after the police warned protesters to leave the streets. Many of the arrested protesters were charged with disorderly conduct. Councilman Jumaane Williams, who criticized the NYPD for its previous handling of Occupy demonstrations, sided with the mayor. The councilman commended the police for not getting violent with protesters. "The police did try to work with the protesters to make sure their voices were heard," the councilman said. By IVAN PEREIRA firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.