Democratic Rep. Al Green (Texas), along with a Texas state representative and an NAACP leader, were arrested Tuesday while protesting outside the Capitol building and the Supreme Court in support of voting rights, the lawmakers announced.
Green, who is serving his first term in Congress, tweeted a video of him and State Rep. Ron Reynolds (D) standing next to each other in a cross walk in Washington, D.C., holding their hands over their hearts as they joined a crowd of other people in singing the gospel anthem, “We Shall Overcome.”
The video showed two Capitol police officers approaching Green and Reynolds, after which one of the officers put a wristband around Green’s hands before the other officer led him away.
The officer then tied a wristband around Reynolds’ hands and another officer escorted him away from the singing crowd.
A news release from Reynolds’ office said that NAACP Beaumont Branch leader Michael Cooper was also arrested after the three men joined others in advocating for federal voting rights legislation, including Luci Baines Johnson, the daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
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