Rep. Grijalva released, now facing disorderly conduct charge

Published: Sep. 19, 2017 at 2:36 PM MST|Updated: Sep. 19, 2017 at 10:29 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Rep. Raul Grijalva was one of several people arrested Tuesday, Sept. 19, during a protest outside of Trump Tower in New York.

He had been detained for several hours, according to a representative from the congressman's office, but he has since been released.

Grijalva, a Democrat from Tucson, is a well-known critic of President Donald Trump and has led protests and marches in the past. He now faces charges of disorderly conduct, with another possible charge pending.

According to the Associated Press, Grijalva, Luis Gutierrez, of Illinois; and Adriano Espaillat, of New York, were among a small group of demonstrators who sat down in the street on Fifth Avenue and refused to move.

The Democratic speaker of New York's City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, also was handcuffed and led away.

The protesters were demanding that Congress pass legislation protecting thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

Protest organizers had said prior to the event that the lawmakers planned to get arrested.

President Donald Trump delivered an address at the United Nations earlier Tuesday. The Republican is scheduled to stay at Trump Tower this evening, but wasn't

A  Facebook post, attributed the following statement to Grijalva:

"I stood in front of Trump Tower today with a whole lot of DREAMers, immigrants and Americans to say enough to Trump and his criminalization of our immigrant communities,"

According to another post, Grijalva said he was arrested for civil disobedience.

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