Lt. Dan Choi Arrested Potesting “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” By Chaining Himself To White House Gates
Lt. Daniel Choi, who received a letter of discharge from the military after coming out on Rachel Maddow’s show, was arrested after chaining himself to a White House gate.
Following a Human Rights Campaign rally for DADT repeal in Washington earlier today, Choi and [Jim] Pietrangelo led about 100 protesters to the White House, where the two then proceeded to handcuff themselves to the gates.
United States Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser told The Advocate that both men were taken to Park Police’s Anacostia station, where they were charged with failure to obey a lawful order. Choi and Pietrangelo will be held overnight and are scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court on Friday.
Pietrangelo was discharged under DADT, and Choi’s discharge is pending. The Human Rights Campaign issues this statement:
“Today more than 1,000 people showed up at a rally — 500 of which signed up to become more involved in the fight to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Joe Solmonese along with [gay Iraq war veteran] Eric Alva and others felt it was important to stay and engage those at the rally in ways they can continue building the pressure needed for repeal. This does nothing to diminish the actions taken by Lt. Choi and others. This is the nature of social change and everyone has a role to play.”Click here for reuse options!
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