Two women were arrested protesting the visit of Attorney General Jeff Sessions outside the Portland office of the US Attorney General’s around 1:25 pm according to a press release issued by the Portland Police Department. The women were part of a group that was blocking the parking garage entry and exit at 100 Middle Street. They were protesting a visit by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
A group that grew to about 200 protestors had largely disbanded when a small group of about 50 blocked the Fore Street entrance of the parking garage. Police spoke with the group and most opted to move away from the garage entrance and into the sidewalk where they could still be seen and voice their message to the Attorney General. Two protestors stayed on the ground in front of the garage entry and exit lanes, refusing to move and opting to be arrested.
Both women were taken into custody peacefully and were charged with criminal trespass for refusing to leave the property. They are identified as 38 year old Jessica Stewart, Bass Harbor, Maine and 70 year old Lucis McBeen, New York, New York.
It should be remembered that Senator Susan Collins (R) was one of Sessions most ardent supporters during his confirmation hearings.