Capitol Police Arrest 567 Protesters in Last Three Days of Kavanaugh Protests
In the feverish, desperate last flurry of protests against Brett Kavanaugh, police arrested more than 500 activists, the Capitol Police told PJ Media Saturday. The Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh, 50 to 48, this afternoon, and he was sworn in after 6 p.m.
Before that, police arrested 164 people. "At approximately 12:45 p.m., on the Rotunda Steps on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol, 150 individuals were arrested and were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307, Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding," the Capitol Police said in a statement.
Around 2:30 p.m., one woman was arrested in the Senate gallery in the U.S. Capitol Building. An hour later, 13 more protesters were arrested in the Senate Galleries, for "crowding, obstructing, or incommoding."
The final wave of protests began Thursday, and police arrested 302 people that day. Activists had taken over Hart Senate Office Building, and most of them had to be arrested. On Friday, the count dropped to 101.
"The individuals are being processed offsite and released," the police told PJ Media.
Some of them may not be released until Tuesday. "Capitol Police say protesters arrested today for the 2nd time will not just be released after paying a fine," CNN correspondent Ryan Nobles tweeted, crediting CNN reporter Kristin Wilson Keppler. "The repeat offenders will be booked and jailed without the opportunity to be released until Tuesday because Monday is a holiday."
While liberal protesters affiliated with many different groups marched against Kavanaugh, the Women's March organized protests on Thursday and Saturday. More than 1,000 people said they would attend the Thursday "Cancel Kavanaugh" event posted on Facebook, and even more said they would attend the event Saturday.
"If you caught our livestream on facebook, you know we just organized thousands of women, survivors, and allies to flood the Capitol, climb over police barriers, and take over the Capitol Steps. We estimate over 250 were arrested," the group tweeted.
During the original Senate hearings for Kavanaugh, 212 protesters were arrested for obstructing the process and interrupting the hearings. Muslim Women's March leader Linda Sarsour herself got arrested in the opening moments of the hearings. The Women's March did not necessarily hire protesters, but they have agreed to pay legal fees and reimburse other costs of protesting.