Breaking news… Cindy Sheehan has been arrested at the SOTU… more soon…
Cindy Sheehan, the vocal anti-war activist whose son was killed in the Iraq war, was arrested Tuesday night on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, shortly before President Bush was to deliver his State of the Union address, U.S. Capitol Police said.
A senior House official said Sheehan was seated in the House chamber when she unfolded an anti-war banner and was apprehended. This official said she was taken for questioning for about an hour in a separate area of the House.
“She was arrested within the Capitol complex,” a Capitol Hill officer told CNN.
Sheehan was to be a guest of Rep. Lynn Woolsey, a California Democrat at the SOTU.
UPDATE: More here from the WaPo…
Sheehan, who was apparently given a gallery ticket by a member of Congress, began demonstrating about 45 minutes to an hour before the State of the Union speech.
She opened her jacket to reveal a T-shirt that, according to a supporter, gave the number of U.S. war dead and asked, “How many more?”
She was also boisterous, according to U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer, and after she ignored instructions to close her jacket and quiet down, she was escorted out and arrested. Demonstrating in the House gallery is prohibited.
And MSNBC reports:
The T-shirt bore the words “2,245 Dead — How Many More??” in reference to the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq, protesters told NBC News.