White House protesters arrested
The U.S. Park Police arrested two protesters who handcuffed themselves to a portion of the White House fence Thursday afternoon.
Shortly before 2 p.m., park police came upon two men who had chained themselves to a section of the iron fence on the north side, said Sgt. David Schlosser, a police spokesman. Officers told the men they did not have a permit for their demonstration and gave them three warnings about the violation, Schlosser said. The men refused to leave, so officers arrested them on the charge of "failure to obey a lawful order."
James Pietrangelo, 44, of Sandusky, Ohio, and Daniel W. Choi, 29, of New York, are scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court Friday.
Choi is an openly gay Iraq war veteran who has been a vocal critic of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy toward homosexuals. Pietrangelo is a former U.S. Army captain and also openly gay.
Choi said in a statement that he and Pietrangelo went to the White House to take their message directly to President Obama.
-- Theola Labbé-DeBose
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