dozens attempt to prevent ice arrest of local man in queens

June 2, 2017

This is what resistance looks like! Dozens of Queens residences teamed up on Tuesday to prevent federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from arresting a 35-year-old Guyanese national, Hardat Sampat. Accused of burglary and re-entering the U.S. illegally, according to the NYDailyNews, Sampat was headed Queens Criminal Court Tuesday for a scheduled appearance when ICE agents, in unmarked vehicles, used the opportunity to box in the car Sampat’s wife was driving and to take him into custody. Moments after, with Sampat’s wife blocking ICE agents from driving away, neighbors and passerby’s gathered on on 112th Street in Richmond to protest Hardat’s arrest.

“My sister in law, my mother in law, say he’s innocent,” said one unidentified woman, as reported by NBC 4 New York. “He didn’t do anything. Why? Why is this? He had a court case today. Let him go. And let the judge make the decision.”

Eventually, police convinced Sampat’s wife to move her vehicle and her husband was taken away for processing.

Hardat Sampat (left), via NYDailyNews

Screenshot of video taken during the arrest, via NYDailyNews