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AOC pretends to be handcuffed during arrest at Supreme Court abortion protest

The original Squad members were among several congressional Democrats arrested

July 19, 2022 2:23pm

Updated: July 19, 2022 10:57pm

Several congressional Democrats, including Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, were arrested Tuesday outside of the U.S. Supreme Court during an abortion-rights protest for allegedly blocking traffic.

In total, U.S. Capitol Police arrested 34 people, including 16 members of Congress.

U.S. Capitol Police posted a warning Tuesday on Twitter to demonstrators, stating: "It is against the law to block traffic, so officers are going to give our standard three warnings before they start making arrests."

North Carolina Democrat Rep. Alma Adams was also arrested, her staff confirmed on Twitter. 

Omar's staff confirmed her arrest to Minnesota CBS affiliate WCCO.

A video posted by a WCCO-TV journalist shows Omar with her hands behind her back, walking and giving a smile. At the very last second, she appears to raise one hand over her head in defiance. Ocasio-Cortez also had her hands behind her back but did not appear to be wearing handcuffs.


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