Woman ar­rested af­ter throw­ing liq­uid on state Se­nate

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News - By ADAM BEAM

SACRA­MENTO — Cal­i­for­nia po­lice have ar­rested a woman who threw a fem­i­nine hy­giene de­vice con­tain­ing “what ap­peared to be blood” onto the floor of the state Se­nate, splash­ing onto law­mak­ers and forc­ing them to fin­ish their work in a com­mit­tee room on the fi­nal day of the leg­isla­tive ses­sion.

Sen­a­tors had just fin­ished tak­ing a vote about 5:14 p.m. Fri­day when a woman tossed the sub­stance onto the floor of the Se­nate from the public gallery, say­ing: “That’s for the dead ba­bies.”

The Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol iden­ti­fied the woman as 43-yearold Re­becca Dale­lio. She faces sev­eral charges, in­clud­ing as­sault, van­dal­ism and dis­rupt­ing “the or­derly con­duct of of­fi­cial busi­ness” at the state Capitol.

Po­lice say Dale­lio walked out of the gallery and did not re­sist when she was ar­rested. The news re­lease did not give a mo­tive, re­fer­ring to the woman as a “demon­stra­tor.” But the ac­tion came as hun­dreds of peo­ple protested at the Capitol against a re­cently signed state law seek­ing to crack down on fraud­u­lent med­i­cal ex­emp­tions for vac­ci­na­tions.

The Sacra­mento Bee re­ports that Dale­lio posted $10,000 bail and was re­leased from the Sacra­mento County Main Jail on Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to sher­iff ’s depart­ment records.

Sev­eral law­mak­ers sought to link the woman to the pro­test­ers, in­clud­ing Sen. Richard Pan, who last month was shoved in the back by a pro­tester as he was walk­ing near the Capitol.

“This in­ci­dent was in­cited by the vi­o­lent rhetoric per­pet­u­ated by lead­ers of the an­ti­vaxx move­ment,” Pan said in a news re­lease. “As their rhetoric es­ca­lates, their in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence does as well. This is an at­tack on the demo­cratic process and it must be met with strong con­dem­na­tion by ev­ery­one.”

The drama un­folded on the fi­nal day of the Leg­isla­tive ses­sion, with law­mak­ers still hav­ing sev­eral key bills to de­bate be­fore ad­journ­ing for the year. With au­thor­i­ties still in­ves­ti­gat­ing what the sub­stance was, Se­nate lead­er­ship de­cided law­mak­ers would fin­ish their work in a smaller com­mit­tee room. Leg­isla­tive aides scram­bled to move the Se­nate’s work to the room as jour­nal­ists and oth­ers watched from an up­stairs bal­cony.

“A crime was com­mit­ted to­day, but the Se­nate will not be de­terred from com­plet­ing the Se­nate’s busi­ness,” Se­nate Pres­i­dent Pro Tem­pore Toni Atkins told law­mak­ers as the Se­nate re­con­vened.

As­so­ci­ated Press

Red dots are splat­tered on pa­pers on state Sen­a­tor Steven Glazer’s Se­nate desk af­ter a woman threw a con­tainer with red liq­uid from the public gallery of the Se­nate chambers dur­ing a leg­isla­tive ses­sion Fri­day in Sacra­mento.

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