Monday, September 10, 2007
Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and three other protesters were arrested shortly after noon today outside the Capitol hearing room where Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker were testifying in a joint hearing of the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees.
Capitol Police charged Sheehan with disorderly conducted for shouting during the hearing.
Desiree Fairooz of the District and Christy Anne Miller, a California resident and Sheehan's sister, were charged with disorderly conduct for shouting in the hallway of the Cannon House Office Building, where the hearing is taking place.
The fourth person arrested, the Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. of the D.C.-based Hip Hop Caucus, was transported to George Washington University Hospital after complaining that he was injured during his arrest. Yearwood was charged with disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer.
Police said he jumped in front of the line and refused to move to the end of the line.
Lori Perdue, an eyewitness and Code Pink protester from Indianapolis, said eight Capitol Police officers "piled on" Yearwood while he waited to enter the hearing room.
In addition, three other protesters who shouted at Petraeus were taken from the room by police following his testimony.
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