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[WATCH] AOC, Tlaib, Omar, and Other Democrats Arrested At SCOTUS Protest

[WATCH] AOC, Tlaib, Omar, and Other Democrats Arrested At SCOTUS Protest

More than a dozen Democratic members of Congress were among those arrested by Capitol Police on Tuesday afternoon as part of an abortion rights protest in front of the Supreme Court.

Within two minutes of their arrival, police began ordering the group, all of whom were wearing specially-made green bandanas reading “Won’t Back Down,” to “cease and desist.” Instead, the Democratic lawmakers marched from the Capitol to the Court, which has been fenced off since shortly after the leak of the draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade, and staged a sit-in on the street.

They were all taken away one by one by officers as they chanted, “The people, united, will never be divided.”

The US Capitol Police tweeted: “Demonstrators are starting to block First Street, NE. It is against the law to block traffic, so officers are going to give our standard three warnings before they start making arrests.” Soon after, 35 people were arrested at the protest for “blocking traffic” including Democratic members of Congress:

  • Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark of Massachusetts
  • Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts
  • Barbara Lee of California
  • Jackie Speier of California
  • Sara Jacobs of California
  • Ilhan Omar of Minnesota
  • Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey
  • Andy Levin of Michigan
  • Rashida Tlaib of Michigan
  • Jan Schakowsky of Illinois
  • Madeline Dean of Pennsylvania
  • Cori Bush of Missouri
  • Carolyn Maloney of New York
  • Nydia Velazquez of New York
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York
  • Alma Adams of North Carolina

The reaction from liberal Twitter carried a common theme: Democrats being arrested for peaceful protest while Republicans connected to the January 6th siege at the Capitol have yet to suffer any consequences.

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Some users doubted the claims of being arrested, as videos showed them with their hands behind their backs without handcuffs. Capitol Police tweeted the verification shortly after the arrests.

So far, no charges against any members of Congress have been announced.



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