Rangel says police tightened his handcuffs at immigration arrest

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said police who arrested him Tuesday tightened his handcuffs. “I thought I’d be treated better by the Capitol Police than I was,” Rangel said on FOX Business Network Friday. 

Rangel was one of several Democratic lawmakers arrested by U.S. Capitol Police at an immigration reform rally on the National Mall. 

“I think they were trying to help me, but the cuffs were so tight that when I said loosen up the cuffs — and I wasn’t cursing then — in an attempt to loosen it up, one of the rookie cops actually tightened it,” he said. “And then when I said would you cut the damn cuffs off and put on new cuffs, he told me he didn’t have a cutter.

“They do the best they can under the circumstances, and it reminded me how other people who are not members of Congress can and should not be treated,” Rangel said. 

Democratic Reps. John Lewis (Ga.), Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.), Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), Keith Ellison (Minn.), Al Green (Texas) and Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) were also detained by Capitol Police at the rally. 

Nearly 200 people were arrested during the protest for crowding and causing disruption to streets near the Capitol complex.