During a pro-abortion demonstration outside of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocaso-Cortez (D-NY) appeared to pretend to be handcuffed after being led away by police, generating much laughter on social media. Over a dozen members of Congress were arrested by US Capitol Police during the protest.
On Tuesday, several members of Congress were arrested during a demonstration.
A viral video captures a police officer escorting New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez away from the Supreme Court as a nearby woman screams, “Abortion rights are under assault!” Ocasio-Cortez appears to be handcuffed as she walks with her hands behind her back. She then raises her fist in the air, showing that she isn’t being detained.
The stunt sparked a slew of giggles on social media.
At least 16 members of the United States Congress were arrested, according to authorities. Ocasio-Cortez shared a tweet from Axios reporter Andrew Solender, who wrote that she was among those detained.
“This is Congresswoman Adams’ staff,” the staff for Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) wrote on Twitter Tuesday when she was arrested for protesting for reproductive rights and reproductive justice at the Supreme Court: “More information as it becomes available.”
According to reports, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was detained as well. This news comes on the heels of Capitol Police issuing a stern warning to protesters who continued to block traffic: they would be arrested if they did not comply.
Around 1:18 p.m., Capitol Police announced on social media that “demonstrators are starting to block First Street, NE. It is against the law to obstruct traffic, so police will give our regular three warnings before making arrests.”
According to a fresh report, police made 34 arrests for “Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding (DC Code § 22-1307).” Almost half of the persons detained were members of Congress:
The demonstration is just weeks after the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, sending abortion regulations and limitations back to the states.