(Just The News) – Several congressional Democrats, including Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, were arrested Tuesday outside of the U.S. Supreme Court during an abortion-rights protest for allegedly blocking traffic.
In total, U.S. Capitol Police arrested 34 people, including 16 members of Congress.
U.S. Capitol Police posted a warning Tuesday on Twitter to demonstrators, stating: “It is against the law to block traffic, so officers are going to give our standard three warnings before they start making arrests.”
North Carolina Democrat Rep. Alma Adams was also arrested, her staff confirmed on Twitter.
This is Congresswoman Adams’ staff. She was just arrested protesting for abortion rights and reproductive justice at the Supreme Court. More information as it develops. pic.twitter.com/Z8Ioi8D7Og
— Rep. Alma Adams (@RepAdams) July 19, 2022
Omar’s staff confirmed her arrest to Minnesota CBS affiliate WCCO.
A video posted by a WCCO-TV journalist shows Omar with her hands behind her back, walking and giving a smile. At the very last second, she appears to raise one hand over her head in defiance. Ocasio-Cortez also had her hands behind her back but did not appear to be wearing handcuffs.
Among many reports of multiple female Members of Congress include @ilhanmn being arrested this video has been posted on Facebook which shows a woman who appears to be Rep Omar in handcuffs pic.twitter.com/biXuYIjMFS
— esme murphy (@esmemurphy) July 19, 2022