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There was a "die-in" outside of Mitch McConnell's office yesterday, organized by the disability rights group ADAPT.
http://adapt.org/
I don't know the rules about being in hallways outside of Senators' offices, but the building belongs to all of us, so it seems to me that people should be welcome to protest. Not,apparently, or at least not to the extent of taking up all the space in the hall, which may be the relevant aspect of it. Forty were arrested, and many people were dragged away by police, as is traditional in protest arrests. What seemed nonsensical to me is that many of the protesters were lifted out of their wheelchairs and awkwardly carried away. There are videos available online. In addition to being dangerous, how is it practical? What are they going to do when they get to the police officer station - have officers keep carrying them around? There was some video footage of people with electric scooters being pushed in the scooter, but many were taken from their various chairs. Why didn't the police just, I don't know, take the wheelchair with the person in it? Some of those chairs cost thousands of dollars and are custom made - separating the user from the chair makes no sense to me.

Date: 2017-06-23 11:36 pm (UTC)
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The intent is to humiliate the protesters. Also, the police aren't responsible for clearing the hallway of left-behind wheelchairs, so they don't consider that cost in their calculations.

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