Oct 8, 2013 6:32 PM by Brian White

Rep. Grijalva arrested by Capitol Police at immigration rally

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Raul Grijalva was arrested Tuesday in Washington D.C. during an immigration rally.

NBC video shows the representative of Arizona's third Congressional district being detained by Capitol Police.

Tuesday's rally featured speeches by civil rights activists, union representatives, minority groups and some members of Congress calling on House Republicans to get moving on their bills.

A statement from Rep. Grijalva's spokesman Adam Sarvana:

Yes, he was arrested in a planned act of civil disobedience with several colleagues: Reps. Rangel (NY), Crowley (NY), Ellison (MN), Al Green (TX), John Lewis (GA) and Luis Gutierrez (IL).
They were marching with a group of immigration reform activists following an afternoon of speeches, including one by Rep. Pelosi, about the need for immigration reform.
Most of the speakers drew a parallel to the shutdown: the Senate has passed a bill and Boehner refuses to hold a vote. At a planned spot along the march route, the representatives stopped in the road.
Police gave them a chance to move, and they didn't, so they were put in the wagon.
He's already been booked.

The rally was held despite the National Mall being officially closed due to the partial government shutdown. Some opponents of immigration reform were upset that the concert was able to go on just a week after veterans struggled to get access to the World War II Memorial.

National Parks Service spokesman Mike Litterst said Tuesday's immigration rally is being allowed because it is considered a First Amendment demonstration.

He also said the park service is now allowing veterans to visit the memorial for the same reason, according to a USA Today article.

However, non-veterans not practicing free speech are still barred from the memorials and mall.


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