ADAPT Denver Protesters arrested for Senator Gardner Office occupation

ADAPT Denver protest and arrests

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In Denver, ADAPT, protested at Senator Gardner's office starting on Tuesday June 27th. The protesters wanted a letter signed by Senator Gardner that he will vote no on the Healthcare Bill. For more history on ADAPT watch a fantastic 21 minute summary here from the June 23th Rachel Maddox MSNBC show.

There are so many articles published it is hard to keep up. . As of this writing, 8pm Friday night June 30th, this Denver Post article is most  current and has great still photos from the actual arrest here

There were a dozen or so people in his office starting on Tuesday morning, June 26th and many more out on the sidewalk at 1125 17th Street in Downtown Denver. There was a lot of media coverage local and national- see more here. Here is a first hand account posted on Facebook by Carrie Ann Lucas here

By Thursday evening, June 29th, ten protesters inside Senator Gardner's office were arrested. Nine were taken to the Denver Jail and one was evaluated, issued a summons and released after the police said they would not take her to the jail due to her ventilator. Ironically, the police had a RTD bus on site, with the very lift that ADAPT demanded back in their historic 1978 protest at Broadway and Colfax. A plaque is installed there to recognize Denver's civil rights action,  which catapulted accessibility in public transportation. 

There is some disparity in stories noted in this Channel 7 report. Senator Gardner's office said they would not call the police yet the police spokesperson reported that a staff person from Senator Gardner's office had signed the complaint. Trespassing and resisting arrest are among the charges. 

As of 7:45pm Friday night, June 30th, at the writing of this post, the jail is delaying release of the eight jailed protesters. Their finger prints and bonds were completed this morning. Some feel the media presence might be a contributor.  Carrie Ann Lucas posted a first hand account on Facebook here. They are asking people to come down in support. 

People are requested to support as possible, and can follow updated on Carrie Ann Lucas Facebook page or Atlantis ADAPT on Facebook. The Twitter hashtags have updates as well #SaveMedicaid and #ADAPTandRESIST.

As of now, 8pm Friday night, people are at Justice Center 490 West Colfax Ave Denver. After their release, they may return to Senator Gardner's office at 1125 17th Street Denver.