10 IN GARD­NER PROTEST PLEAD NOT GUILTY

The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Danika Wor­thing­ton, The Den­ver Post

The ADAPT pro­test­ers ar­rested af­ter a nearly 58-hour sit-in at Sen. Cory Gard­ner’s Den­ver of­fice, where they tried to pres­sure him to vote against the Se­nate health care bill, on Tues­day en­tered not-guilty pleas.

Nine of the pro­test­ers were ar­rested while still in the Repub­li­can’s of­fice. An­other was ar­rested while protest­ing down­stairs. All were charged with tres­pass­ing. Some also were charged with in­ter­fer­ing with po­lice.

The pro­test­ers, many who have dis­abil­i­ties, en­tered Gard­ner’s wait­ing room the morn­ing of June 27 and stayed there un­til po­lice ar­rested them the evening of June 29. Gard­ner’s of­fice ini­tially al­lowed the pro­test­ers to stay, keep­ing staff on duty to as­sist them.

Gard­ner’s staff even­tu­ally called Den­ver po­lice, say­ing man­age­ment of the of­fice build­ing at 17th and Lawrence streets told them the protest was in vi­o­la­tion of Gard­ner’s lease.

ADAPT pro­test­ers were pre­vi­ously ar­rested in Jan­uary on charges of tres­pass­ing while try­ing to ac­cess Gard­ner’s of­fice.

Work­ing with the at­tor­ney David Lane, the group is fight­ing that ar­rest in court, ar­gu­ing that the build­ing man­age­ment vi­o­lated the pro­test­ers’ First Amend­ment right to freely as­sem­ble and re­dress griev­ances be­fore the gov­ern­ment.

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