US police arrest 8 Democratic House members at immigration rally
WASHINGTON (AP) - At least eight Democratic members of the House were among about 200 people arrested on Tuesday after they blocked a main street near the Capitol during a massive rally seeking to push Republicans to hold a vote on a stalled immigration reform bill.
Police would not identify those arrested. Representatives of the social policy organisation Centre for Community Change and The Associated Press witnessed the arrests of Representatives John Lewis of Georgia; Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois; Raúl Grijalva of Arizona.; Keith Ellison of Minnesota; Joseph Crowley and Charles Rangel, both of New York; Al Green of Texas; and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois.
Representatives of other groups whose members attended the rally, such as United Farm Workers and Farmworker Justice, confirmed that several of their members were arrested as well.
Those arrested will be charged with "crowding, obstructing and incommoding" under the local laws of the District of Columbia, the Capitol Police said.