Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N. Y., was among approximately 30 protesters arrested Thursday at the U.S. Capitol during a demonstration about election reform legislation.
Bowman, who is a first-term congressman, “was arrested alongside at least 20 others, including faith leaders and youth who have been hunger striking for our democracy,” according to a statement from his communications director Marcus Frias, as reported by The Washington Post.
“Today, Congressman Jamaal Bowman joined a voting rights non-violent direct action at the North Barricade of the U. S. Capitol Building and was arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police,” Frias said. “We will provide more information and updates as we gather them.”
Markus Batchelor, who serves as deputy director for leadership programs at the advocacy organization People for the American Way, tweeted video of the arrest.
The protest in which Bowman participated came a day after the Senate voted against an election overhaul bill. It also voted against changing the rules of the filibuster, which could have allowed for passage … (Read more)