As part of an abortion rights demonstration in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon, Capitol Police detained more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress among others.
They marched from the Capitol to the Court, which has been blocked off for weeks, since shortly after the draft ruling overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked. They were wearing specially produced green bandanas with the words “Won’t Back Down.”
Within two minutes of their arrival, police started issuing “stop and desist” orders to them. Instead, they sat in the street and sang, “The people, united, will never be separated,” as police dragged them away one by one.
Later, Capitol Police reported that a total of 34 persons, including 16 members of Congress, had been detained.
Those detained included: Katherine Clark, a Massachusetts Deputy Speaker, Massachusetts’s Ayanna Pressley, Californian Barbara Lee, Californian Jackie Speier, Californian Sara Jacobs, Illinois native Ilhan Omar, NJ native Bonnie Watson Coleman, Michigan’s Andy Levin, Rep. Rashida Tlaib from Michigan, Illinoisan Jan Schakowsky, Pennsylvanian Madeline Dean, Missourian Cori Bush, Maloney, Carolyn, a New Yorker, New Yorker Nydia Velazquez, New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and North Carolina native Alma Adams