Group of House Democrats arrested for blocking road during protest outside Supreme Court building

Many Democrats remain infuriated that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and made clear that, barring constitutional federal legislation, abortion rights were a matter for each individual state to deal with.

On Tuesday, several Democratic members of Congress participated in a protest outside the Supreme Court alongside pro-abortion activists and were subsequently arrested by U.S. Capitol Police, Fox News reported.

The congressional Democrats were not arrested merely for protesting against the Supreme Court, as some would falsely imply, but rather for deliberately blocking traffic by obstructing the road and refusing to vacate the roadway following several warnings to do so.

Arrested for violation of code against “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding” traffic

A tweet Tuesday afternoon from the USCP account noted that demonstrators had blocked First Street and wrote, “It is against the law to block traffic, so officers are going to give our standard three warnings before they start making arrests.”

A follow-up tweet moments later revealed, “We have already given our standard three warnings. Some of the demonstrators are refusing to get out of the street, so we are starting to make arrests.”

A couple of hours later, the USCP account concluded its thread with a post that read, “Correction: We made a total of 35 arrests for Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding (DC Code § 22–1307). That arrest number includes 17 Members of Congress.”

Pretended to be handcuffed

Fox News noted that several of the congressional Democrats who’d been briefly detained — really just escorted out of the road without being handcuffed or taken into actual custody — took to social media to either play the victim and assert that their rights had been violated or portray themselves as champions for women who live in states where abortion rights are now restricted.

National Review reported that some of those members, such as progressive “Squad” Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), even pretended for the cameras as though they had actually been handcuffed by walking with their hands clasped behind their backs.

However, while multiple videos on social media showed that none of the members were ever placed in cuffs, numerous mainstream media outlets and reporters went along with the dishonest ruse — whether out of ignorance or willingly so is unclear, however.

List of arrested members and their potential but unlikely punishment

According to Newsweek, the 17 congressional Democrats who were arrested were identified as Reps. Alma Adams (NC), Cori Bush (MO), Katherine Clark (MA), Madeleine Dean (PA), Veronica Escobar (TX), Sara Jacobs (CA), Barbara Lee (CA), Andy Levin (MI), Carolyn Maloney (NY), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), Ayanna Pressley (MA), Jan Schakowsky (IL), Jackie Speier (CA), Rashida Tlaib (MI), Nydia Vasquez (NY), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ).

For what it is worth, D.C. Code Sec. 22-1307 is a misdemeanor crime that is punishable upon conviction by imprisonment for up to 90 days and a fine of up to $500 — though nobody should hold their breath while waiting for such charges to actually be pressed, much less result in a conviction, against these Democratic members of Congress by the overwhelmingly Democratic prosecutors and jury pool in the D.C. area.

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