Cornel West Arrested in NYC Disorderly Conduct

10/21/2011 2:33 PM PDT

Cornel West Arrested in NY -- Disorderly Conduct

Famed political activist Cornel West -- a frequent guest on "Real Time with Bill Maher" -- was arrested in NYC this morning for disorderly conduct ... TMZ has learned.

Cops tell TMZ ... West and approximately 30 others were arrested for blocking the entrance to a police station in Harlem during a protest.

According to, West and company were demonstrating against the New York Police Department’s continuing "Stop and Frisk" policy, claiming NYPD officers should NOT be able to search protesters without due cause.

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