17 members of Congress arrested - Supreme Court Protest

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19 Jul 2022, 3:04 pm

17 members of Congress arrested during Supreme Court protest, Capitol police say

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Seventeen members of Congress were among those arrested Tuesday during an abortion rights demonstration outside the Supreme Court, according to the U.S. Capitol Police.

U.S. Capitol Police said they made a total of 35 arrests for crowding, obstructing or incommoding, which included 17 members of Congress. Protesters had perched themselves on First Street NE near the Capitol building, blocking the street. Capitol Police said they issued their standard three warnings before beginning the arrests.

A spokesperson for Democratic Rep. Ayana Pressley of Massachusetts also confirmed multiple arrests of members of Congress, and said Pressley was among those arrested. Pressley's communications director Ricardo Sánchez said her arrest was an act of "non-violent civil disobedience." Rep. Katherine Clark, the Democratic assistant speaker of the House, was also arrested.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney's office also announced she was among the Democratic Women's Caucus members arrested near the Supreme Court.

A spokesperson for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confirmed she was among those arrested.

Democrats are hoping to enshrine abortion access protections into law, but such a measure lacks support in the Senate under current rules.


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19 Jul 2022, 3:08 pm

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... arrests for crowding, obstructing or incommoding, ...


Say what?

Incommoding?

Hang on a moment, gotta go play in Google ...

https://code.dccouncil.us/us/dc/council ... ns/22-1307
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Code of the District of Columbia
§ 22–1307. Crowding, obstructing, or incommoding.

(a) It is unlawful for a person, alone or in concert with others:

(1) To crowd, obstruct, or incommode:

(A) The use of any street, avenue, alley, road, highway, or sidewalk;

(B) The entrance of any public or private building or enclosure;

(C) The use of or passage through any public building or public conveyance; or

(D) The passage through or within any park or reservation; and

(2) To continue or resume the crowding, obstructing, or incommoding after being instructed by a law enforcement officer to cease the crowding, obstructing, or incommoding.

(b)(1) It is unlawful for a person, alone or in concert with others, to engage in a demonstration in an area where it is otherwise unlawful to demonstrate and to continue or resume engaging in a demonstration after being instructed by a law enforcement officer to cease engaging in a demonstration.

(2) For purposes of this subsection, the term “demonstration” means marching, congregating, standing, sitting, lying down, parading, demonstrating, or patrolling by one or more persons, with or without signs, for the purpose of persuading one or more individuals, or the public, or to protest some action, attitude, or belief.

(c) A person who violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01, imprisoned for not more than 90 days, or both.
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https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incommode
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incommode verb
in·​com·​mode | \ ˌin-kə-ˈmōd How to pronounce incommode (audio) \
incommoded; incommoding
Definition of incommode

transitive verb
: to give inconvenience or distress to : disturb
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19 Jul 2022, 3:09 pm

Arrested for protesting?

Time to disband all law enforcement.



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19 Jul 2022, 3:12 pm

Details are sketchy at the moment, but those arrested for supporting basic human rights include Representatives Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Illinois' Jan Schakowsky.



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19 Jul 2022, 3:21 pm

Fnord wrote:
Details are sketchy at the moment, but those arrested for supporting basic human rights


Actually, from what CNN say it sounds like they were arrested for something else, such as violating a DC city statute/ordinance/law, whichever the correct term is,
https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/19/politics ... index.html
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Within two minutes of their arriving, police began ordering them to "cease and desist." Instead, they sat on the street, ...
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."
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19 Jul 2022, 3:27 pm

For handy reference when the typical inaccuracy and distortion inevitably appears on social media,
https://constitution.congress.gov/brows ... _00001047/
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ArtI.S6.C1.2 Congress’s Privilege from Arrest

Article I, Section 6, Clause 1:

The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.


This clause is practically obsolete. It applies only to arrests in civil suits, which were still common in this country at the time the Constitution was adopted.1 It does not apply to service of process in either civil2 or criminal cases.3 Nor does it apply to arrest in any criminal case. The phrase "treason, felony or breach of the peace" is interpreted to withdraw all criminal offenses from the operation of the privilege.4
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19 Jul 2022, 3:28 pm

kitesandtrainsandcats wrote:
Fnord wrote:
Details are sketchy at the moment, but those arrested for supporting basic human rights
Actually, from what CNN say it sounds like they were arrested for something else.
I am sure the cops can come up with other charges against those women if they dig deep enough . . . witchcraft, perhaps?



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21 Jul 2022, 2:26 pm

Tim_Tex wrote:
Arrested for protesting?

Time to disband all law enforcement.


If so I'd better take up vigilantism.



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21 Jul 2022, 4:44 pm

so 90% of the armed Capitol rioters are still walking the streets but have women protest about human rights and they go to jail?



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21 Jul 2022, 11:05 pm

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so 90% of the armed Capitol rioters are still walking the streets but have women protest about human rights and they go to jail?


As of now, there have been 319 guilty pleas and and 212 sentences.



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22 Jul 2022, 4:07 am

TwisterUprocker wrote:
cyberdad wrote:
so 90% of the armed Capitol rioters are still walking the streets but have women protest about human rights and they go to jail?


As of now, there have been 319 guilty pleas and and 212 sentences.


Still leave about 1700 rioters unaccounted for still at large