Capitol Police arrested 35 people, including 17 members of Congress, July 19 after protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court to rally against the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Among the protesters photographed being arrested was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
But a July 19 Facebook post claimed Ocasio-Cortez was not arrested.
The post, which accrued 30 shares in one week, includes a video of Ocasio-Cortez with her hands behind her back without handcuffs.
The caption of the post reads, “Rough day? Have a laugh. Here’s AOC faking being arrested.”
Despite not being handcuffed, Ocasio-Cortez was arrested on July 19, as multiple social media posts show.
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The Facebook user directed USA TODAY to an article linked in the Facebook post entitled, “BREAKING: AOC fakes being handcuffed outside Supreme Court,” by The Post Millennial, a Canadian conservative news outlet.
Capitol Police said in a Twitter thread that they arrested 17 members of Congress outside the Supreme Court.
But since photographs show that Ocasio-Cortez was not handcuffed, some social media users are claiming that means she was not arrested.
Social media users, including Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., questioned why she put her hands behind her back if officers were not handcuffing her. Ocasio-Cortez replied on Twitter, “Putting your hands behind your back is a best practice while detained, handcuffed or not, to avoid escalating charges like resisting arrest.”
Ocasio-Cortez shared the details of her arrest in an Instagram story, a feature where images or videos appear for 24 hours and then disappear. She posted an image of the ticket she received for, crowding, obstructing or incommoding, DC Code § 22-1307. The form showed a $50 fine, PolitiFact reported.
Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that Ocasio-Cortez did not get arrested while protesting at the Supreme Court. The Democratic lawmaker was arrested and fined, according to images she shared on her social media. The Capitol Police also confirmed they arrested 17 members of Congress.
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