Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) claims “disparities of treatment” in her arrest at the Capitol on Thursday.
“This afternoon, nine people were arrested for demonstrating in a prohibited area on Capitol Grounds,” the Capitol Police said in a statement to Fox News. “At approximately 3:30pm, the United States Capitol Police responded to the Atrium in the Hart Senate Office Building for reports of illegal demonstration activity. After officers arrived on the scene, they warned the demonstrators three times to stop. Those who refused were arrested for D.C. Code §22-1307. Two males and seven females were transported to USCP Headquarters for processing.”
However, appearing on “The Joe Madison Show,” Beatty said “the No. 1 question” about her arrest was that it was illegal to protest where she was.
“Here is what the No. 1 question has been about the arrest,” Beatty said. “There is a rule in the Senate and in the Capitol buildings, I guess — but more specifically where we were — that is was illegal to do what we did after being warned to leave.
Beatty then said it was “ironic” how quickly she was arrested compared to “thousands of thousands of people” who were “not peacefully protesting,” referring to the January 6th Capitol riot.
“Kind of ironic, isn’t it? That we were arrested quickly for violating the rule of it was illegal to protest as we were doing after being warned to stop. So, again, here we are with the disparities of treatment with less than 100 people and then thousands of thousands of people who were not peacefully protesting,” she added.