Ilhan Omar Arrested in Washington D.C

Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has been arrested in Washington D.C., according to reports.

The congresswoman was reportedly arrested at an abortion protest in the nation’s capital.

“It is against the law to block traffic, so officers are going to give our standard three warnings before they start making arrests,” Capitol Police said.

Initial reports suggested Omar was led away in handcuffs, but subsequent reports indicate she was pretending to be cuffed by police.

Reporter and Anchor at WCCO-TV Esme Murphy said: “Among many reports of multiple female Members of Congress include @ilhanmn being arrested this video has been posted on Facebook which shows a woman who appears to be Rep Omar in handcuffs.

“Staff confirms this is video of Rep @ilhanmn under arrest and in handcuffs, she and other female Members were arrested in a protest supporting abortion rights in front of the Supreme Court today.

“Correction : it’s not clear in this video of @ilhanmn that she is in handcuffs – staff says she has been taken into custody along with other MOC during a pro abortion rights protest – it looks at the end of the clip that she is not in cuffs.”

A post from a local Michigan media outlet, BridgeDetroit, said fellow “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) was also arrested but that has not been verified.

According to KTSP:

Omar was expected to attend the event with other lawmakers, including the following Democrats:

  • Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)
  • Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO)
  • Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
  • Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA)
  • Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA)

No word on if those reps were arrested but Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) was arrested with Omar.

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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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