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15 arrested during protest outside Sen. Portman's office

08 Juillet 2017

The group held a demonstration outside the office on Thursday and then moved inside as part of a national movement, urging Portman to take a stronger stance on the Republican senators' Better Care Reconciliation Act.

Columbus Police have detained 15 people who were protesting at Sen.

By midday Friday, numerous protesters were still camped out at Portman's offices, suggesting they might leave only if he held a town hall meeting.

Sit-ins were organized at the offices of GOP senators in 21 states.

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Portman has said he does not support the current version of the bill, but only announced his opposition after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delayed a vote on the legislation. According to Fox 28, some protesters stayed at the office overnight.

Police said medics were trying to get into 37 W. Broad Street, the building in which Sen. Officers say the protesters prevented Columbus Division of Fire medics from being able to quickly reach a person inside who was suffering chest pains.

Charges against the those arrested arrested include criminal trespassing. "When the groups impeded the work of other tenants in the building, building security called local law enforcement".

15 arrested during protest outside Sen. Portman's office