Monday, February 3, 2014

Arrests at the Capitol, "Add the Words" activists create human blockade

A photo taken today by Melissa Davlin from Idaho Reports. Police
reports said  all 43 were arrested as they barred access to the
Senate Chambers. 
It's been an eventful day here at the Capitol. We started off with a special meeting of the State Board of Education in which the unanimously voted to reject Senate bill 1254 - a bill allowing firearms on college and university campuses with few restrictions.

But in the midst of the SBOE meeting, my Twitter began blowing up with reports of protesters being arrested in groups. 43 "Add the Words" activists silently lined up, hands over their mouths, in front of the access to the Senate Chambers.

Judge J. Clifford Wallace addressed the crowd at the Denton Darrington
Annual Lecture on Law and Government today at 4 p.m. in the Capitol's
Lincoln Auditorium.
Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, asked them to step aside and they refused. Within minutes, officers were on the scene and arresting protesters in groups of five and escorting them to a conference room on the fourth floor of the Capitol. They were issued misdemeanor trespassing citations and then escorted out of the building. The protesters were told they were allowed to return as long as they don't disturb further proceedings.

The day was concluded with the first edition of the Denton Darrington Annual Lecture on Law and Government, featuring Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit as appointed by Nixon.

Whew. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

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