Democratic Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis was arrested this afternoon during an immigration rally in Washington D.C.
Congressional Staffer Brenda Jones says Lewis, whose district covers Atlanta and some of its neighboring areas, was arrested Tuesday afternoon during the Camino Americano Rally for Immigrant Dignity and Respect. Jones says Lewis was taken into custody in front of the U.S. Capitol, near the reflecting pond.
Jones says Lewis has now been arrested five times as a member of Congress. Lewis was arrested twice at the South African embassy protesting apartheid and twice at the Sudanese embassy protesting genocide in Darfur.
But that number pales in comparison to how many times he was arrested during the civil rights movement, which was 40.