U.S. Capitol Police Arrest 43 Demonstrators for Protesting in Senate Office Building

June 22, 2017
Press Release

Today, at approximately at 11:30 a.m., disability rights activists staged a planned “die-in” in the Russell Senate Office Building.  Many of the demonstrators, as part of their protest activities, removed themselves from their wheelchairs and lay themselves on the floor, obstructing passage through the hallway and into nearby offices.

U.S. Capitol Police officers warned the demonstrators to cease their unlawful activities or be faced with arrest.  Forty-three people (15 males and 28 females) did not cease their demonstration activities and were arrested. 

The arrestees were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307, Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding.  They were transported to U.S. Capitol Police Headquarters for processing.