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Capitol police arrested Rep. Joyce Beatty as she led a demonstration to advocate for voting rights

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 16 Jul 2021

<p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/60f09970016a320018836820-2400/2020-04-29t083401z_2_lynxnpeg3s0hd_rtroptp_4_usa-election-ohio.jpg" border="0" alt="FILE PHOTO: United States Representative Joyce Beatty speaks at the Ohio Democratic election night party in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk" data-mce-source="Reuters" data-mce-caption="United States Representative Joyce Beatty speaks at his election night party in Columbus"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio was <a href="https://twitter.com/morgan_rimmer/status/1415765194870042629">arrested</a> by Capitol Police Thursday afternoon after leading a demonstration advocating for voting rights at a Senate office building.</p><p>Beatty, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, spoke outside the Capitol calling for the passage of the For the People Actwhich is focused on expanding voting rightsas well as the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.</p><p>Photos of her arrest were posted on Beatty's Twitter with the caption: "Let the people vote. Fight for justice."</p><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en" data-cards="" data-conversation=""><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Let the people vote. Fight for justice. <a href="https://t.co/JnEUPl9KJW">pic.twitter.com/JnEUPl9KJW</a></p> Joyce Beatty (@RepBeatty) <a href="https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/1415759404390129670">July 15, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><p>"I stand in solidarity with Black women and allies across the country in defense of our constitutional right to vote," Beatty said in a statement in response to her arrest. "We have come too far and fought too hard to see everything systematically dismantled and restricted by those who wish to silence us."</p><p>"Be assured that this is just the beginning," the congresswoman continued. "This is Our Power, Our Message."</p><p>US Capitol Police said in a statement that nine people were arrested "for demonstrating in a prohibited area on Capitol Grounds." Beatty's arrest was not specified in the <a href="https://twitter.com/nicholaswu12/status/1415767121632669702">statement</a>.</p><p>"At approximately 3:30pm, the United States Capitol Police responded to the Atrium in the Hart Senate Office Building for reports of illegal demonstration activity," they said. "After officers arrived on the scene, they warned the demonstrators three times to stop."</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/rep-joyce-beatty-arrested-uscp-led-demonstration-voting-rights-2021-7#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/map-major-us-oil-gas-energy-pipelines-2015-12">A major supplier of fuel to the East Coast has been down following a cyberattack. This animated map shows all the major oil and gas pipelines in the US.</a></p>
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