Dems behind bars!
Rep. Joyce Beatty from Ohio ended up behind bars! The Capitol Police arrested her in the Hart Senate Office Building due to an illegal protest.
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BREAKING: Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) arrested by Capitol Police in Hart Senate Office Building today.
— WeLoveTrump (@WeLovePresTrump) July 16, 2021
Rep. Beatty is being zip tied as USCP starts to make arrests pic.twitter.com/8LFEabAXFy
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) July 15, 2021
Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty was arrested this afternoon during a voting rights protest at the Capitol.https://t.co/HXMRE563wb
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 15, 2021
Nine other persons were arrested along with her:
Police arrested nine people including Democratic Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, in a prohibited area on Capitol Grounds during a pro-voting rights demonstration pic.twitter.com/kWZjpJrwYz
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— Reuters (@Reuters) July 15, 2021
CNN covered this story:
Rep. Joyce Beatty was arrested by US Capitol Police on Thursday afternoon after participating in a voting rights protest that culminated in a march inside the Senate Hart Office Building atrium.
Beatty, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, participated in a small rally alongside 12 activists outside the Supreme Court building before marching to Hart, singing songs including “We Shall Overcome” and “This Little Light of Mine.”
After a warning from police to clear the area, Beatty was the first person arrested. Other members of the group were also arrested.
The Ohio Democrat shared photos of herself being zip-tied on her Twitter account with the caption, “Let the people vote. Fight for justice,” subsequently tweeting, “#GoodTrouble,” a reference to the late Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who served as a civil rights icon for his 60-plus years of social activism.
“I stand in solidarity with the Black women and allies across the country in defense of our constitutional right to vote,” Beatty said in a statement posted to her Twitter account after her arrest. “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. This is Our Power, Our Message.”
Thursday’s rally was part of an event called “Speak Out: Call to Action Day on Capitol Hill,” according to a release from Beatty’s office ahead of the protest.