Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman Arrested by US Capitol Police for Protesting Voting Bill Failure

Freshman Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) has been arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police during a protest over the partisan voting bill failing in the Senate.

In a statement, Bowman’s communications director Marcus Frias said:

“Today, Congressman Jamaal Bowman joined a voting rights non-violent direct action at the North Barricade of the U.S. Capitol Building and was arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police.

“We will provide more information and updates as we gather them.”

The Capitol Police said: “Just before 12:00 pm, demonstrators started blocking one side of the North Barricade outside the U.S. Capitol.

“We have already issued them three warnings.

“The demonstrators refused to move out of the driveway, so we are making arrests.

“We made a total of 27 arrests for Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding (DC Code § 22–1307), and one for violating U.S. Capitol Police Traffic Regulation Section 16.3 (Crowd Control).

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“The demonstration activity is all clear.”

According to Fox News,

“The protest in which Bowman participated came a day after the Senate voted against an election overhaul bill.

“It also voted against changing the rules of the filibuster, which could have allowed for passage of the bill.

“Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., joined all Senate Republicans in opposing the attempt to alter the Senate filibuster on party lines, resulting in a 48-52 final tally.

“That vote followed a failed attempt by Democrats to advance the election bills over the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold. All Republicans opposed it.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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