Climate change protestors gathered outside the home of Sen. Ted Cruz in Houston after marching 400 presumably hot and sweaty miles from New Orleans to the senator's home to make their voices heard.
And they were arrested.
How's that? According to law enforcement, the protestors “chose to be arrested” after refusing to leave the senator’s property. The eight arrested were part of a larger group of about 70 people protesting climate change.
A reporter with the Texas Tribune tweeted that the group, which is part of the Sunrise Movement, had marched from New Orleans to Houston in a peaceful protest to raise awareness of climate change.
The group ended up outside the home of Cruz, a known advocate against the science of climate change. Protestors were calling for President Joe Biden to stop negotiating with Republicans and pass Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “civilian climate corps plan," the New York Post reported.
Assistant Houston Police Chief Ban Tien addressed the situation in a video the police department posted to Facebook.
“The large majority of the group are extremely peaceful out there expressing the First Amendment rights to protest against climate change,” Tien said. “Unfortunately, there was a small group who were actually trespassing on private property in front of the senator’s residence.”
Tien said that the police warned the protestors numerous times not to go near Cruz’s home but to stay on the sidewalk. After continuously refusing, they were arrested.
“As such, that particular group — roughly eight individuals — still refused to leave, and we finally gave one final warning, and those individuals still refused to leave,” Tien said. “We explained to them the fact that they were violating a trespassing law. They acknowledged they understood, and they chose to be arrested.”