Ethics Panel Will Take No Action Against Democrat Joyce Beatty’s Arrest

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) (2nd L) and Chair of Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), is led away by a member of the U.S. Capitol Police during a protest at Hart Senate Office Building July 15, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The activists participate …
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The House Ethics Committee announced Monday they would not take any action to investigate Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) after her arrest for protesting at the Capitol earlier in the month.

The committee in their report said that Beatty, who is the Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, will not have any further action taken against her. The report acknowledged Beatty was arrested “for Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding, during a protest inside a Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.” The congresswoman paid a $50 fine prior to her release, and the “legal proceedings related to her arrest are expected to be resolved with no further action.”

The Committee considered the scope and nature of the conduct described above and determined that review by an investigative subcommittee is not required in this matter,” the release noted. “The Committee has determined to take no further action in this matter, and upon publication of this Report, considers the matter closed.”

Early in the month, Beatty was arrested for leading a group of demonstrators into the Hart Senate Office Building to protest. “At approximately 3:30 pm, the United States Capitol Police responded to the Atrium in the Hart Senate Office Building for reports of illegal demonstration activity,” the statement reads.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Voting Rights activists, led by U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) (C) and Chair of Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), stage a protest at Hart Senate Office Building July 15, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The activists participate in a civil disobedience in response to “numerous voter restriction laws being passed in states across the country, as well as Senate Republicans’ refusal to engage meaningfully in drafting federal legislation to ensure that every American has equal access and opportunity to vote.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Voting Rights activists, led by U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) (C) and Chair of Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), stage a protest at Hart Senate Office Building July 15, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The officers had warned the “demonstrators three times to stop.” There were “two males and seven females” that were brought to “USCP Headquarters for processing” for “illegal demonstration activity.”

Breitbart News reported:

For Democrats, the word “fight” — as used by Beatty — could mean a number of things. When it was former President Donald Trump who used the word “fight” to signal a change in politics and elected leaders, it was Democrats who accused him of leading an insurrection. At a February impeachment trial for Trump following his term in the White House, Democrats played a deceptively edited video of his speech from January 6, 2020, leaving out his call for supporters to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson (GA), another member of the Congressional Black Caucus, was arrested last Thursday with other demonstrators at a protest outside the Capitol. He was arrested, according to the Hill, outside the Hart Senate Office Building while he took part in a “Brothers Day of Action on Capitol Hill.” The protest was reportedly put together by Black Lives Matter, a group that supports the “Defund the Police” movement.

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