Maricopa County prosecutors consider charges against Sinema protesters

Oct 21, 2021, 7:59 AM | Updated: 9:57 am
(Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)...
(Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)
(Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said it is reviewing recommended charges submitted against activists who confronted U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in a bathroom two weeks ago.

Police for Arizona State University said Wednesday their investigation involving four students at the downtown Phoenix campus was complete and had been forwarded to prosecutors.

Sinema had just left a classroom Oct. 3 when protesters tried to get her to talk to them about immigration and her opposition to the cost of a proposed spending plan loaded with Democratic priorities.

Living United for Change in Arizona posted video of the students following Sinema down a hallway and into the restroom. The four told the Democrat she hadn’t followed up on promises she made during her campaign.

One of the students identified herself as Blanca.

Sinema, an adjunct professor, said very little to the protesters, but released a statement the next day, calling the maneuver “wholly inappropriate.”

Sinema, in her 19th year teaching at the university, said her students “were unfairly and unlawfully victimized” by the video that was made public by LUCHA.

The school said the University Center, where the classroom is located, requires a key card to get inside.

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Maricopa County prosecutors consider charges against Sinema protesters