The US Capitol police made a total of 35 arrests including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and 16 other Congress members. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the others were part of an abortion rights protest before the Supreme Court.
Wearing special bandanas written “Won’t Back Down,” the protestors marched from the Capitol to the Court, which has remained fenced off for weeks ever since the draft decision of Roe v. Wade was leaked.
The protesters changed “our bodies, our choice” in the march to the Supreme Court building. The group included prominent progressives including AOC, Rashida Tlaib, Cori Bush, and Ilhan Omar. They stood beside a crosswalk, a pedestrian crossing near the Supreme Court surrounded by an imposing fence to keep protestors away.
The protesting group of representatives, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, squatted near the court as a gesture of civil defiance, even as law enforcement officers assembled around them. They were broadcasting a recorded message threatening the protestors with arrest for obstructing the road.
The officers at that point forced the lawmakers off the area and escorted them to a zone demarcated from the area. The US Capitol Police tweeted that they had made a total of 35 arrests on charges of crowding, obstructing, and incommoding. The arrested numbers included 17 members of Congress, according to the police communication.
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The Center for Popular Democracy Action, the protest-centered arm of CPD, a leading social justice entity, posted live the protest which also coordinated the action. CPD said that there were 17 women Congress members arrested and one man, Michigan Representative Andy Levin.