United States Capitol Police (USCP) officers arrested Democrat Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and eight other people during a voting rights protest on July 15.
USCP said in a statement that they arrived at the scene of the protest at approximately 3:30 p.m. after receiving “reports of illegal demonstration activity.”
“After officers arrived on the scene, they warned the demonstrators three times to stop. Those who refused were arrested,” USCP stated, adding that they transported two men and seven women to the USCP Headquarters for processing.
Beatty, who serves as the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, shared photos of her on Twitter showing USCP officers putting a zip-tie around her wrists and escorting her out of the Hart Senate Office building.
“Let the people vote. Fight for justice,” Beatty wrote in the tweet.
NBC News reporter Haley Talbot shared a video of Beatty escorting a group of voting rights advocates to the building.
The protesters called for the end of the filibuster rule to allow the Senate to pass the For the People Act, the Democrats’ sweeping election reform bill that has been held up in the Senate due to a Republican filibuster.
According to ABC News, at least 20 Black women attended the protest.
Shortly after being arrested, Beatty issued a statement, affirming her “solidarity with Black women and allies across the country in defense of our constitutional right to vote.”
“We have come too far and fought too hard to see everything systematically dismantled and restricted by those who wish to silence us. Be assured that this is just the beginning,” Beatty stated.
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