Two Texas Democratic lawmakers were arrested by Capitol Police Tuesday for protesting “voter suppression” during a voting rights rally outside of the Supreme Court.
In a video posted to social media, Rep. Al Green can be seen standing next to Texas state Rep. Ron Reynolds as the two are approached by Capitol Police while singing “We Shall Overcome.”
One officer placed a green wristband on the U.S. congressman before escorting him away while another officer placed a band on Reynolds.
“Today I was protesting the voter suppression bills that are currently pending in the Texas legislature,” Reynolds told Fox News. “I was really using my voice to make good trouble to call attention to get the Senate to pass H.R. 1.”
The arrest of the Houston-based lawmakers are just the latest in a series of Democrat-arrests issued during protests over voter legislation.
Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee became the third Democratic lawmaker to be arrested last week, following the arrests of Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, last month.
Green posted a video of his arrest to Twitter Tuesday with the caption “#GoodTrouble, #NecessaryTrouble” – a mantra popularized by the late Congressman John Lewis who was arrested over 40 times during the civil rights movement.
Capitol Police told Fox News that three demonstrators were “arrested for crowding, obstructing, or incommoding,” but they did not identify who the third individual was.
More than 100 state lawmakers were expected to appear at Tuesday’s protest in a move to push the Senate to pass the “For the People Act” and the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.”
This is an excerpt from Fox News.
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