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Protester Told to Stay Away from DC

Jan 23, 2013

A judge has ordered a California activist to stay away from Washington for trying to shout down President Obama's inaugural address.

Police said Rives Miller Grogan, 47, climbed a tree near the Capitol reflecting pool during Obama's inauguration festivities, annoying people nearby with his shouting, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. He evaded arrest for several hours, police said.

Grogan was arrested and charged last week with disorderly conduct after police said he shouted from the U.S. Senate gallery.

Grogan has been convicted five times in Washington since 2009, mostly on charges of disorderly conduct and disobeying police, the Post said.

Police said they tried unsuccessfully to get Grogan down from the tree before Monday's ceremony began, then waited until after the swearing-in to avoid disruptions. Police said he came down on his own after five hours.

The Post said Grogan was charged with violating a previous order to stay away from the U.S. Capitol, among other charges.

During a hearing Tuesday, a District of Columbia Superior Court judge released Grogan and scheduled a Feb. 25 hearing for which he is allowed to return to the nation's capital.

"God leads him to D.C. to what he needs to do," said his mother, Penny Grogan of Mansfield, Texas, who called her son a "wonderful Christian man" who has a family and runs a ministry. "You stand up for anything of value, you get arrested."

Grogan was one of three people arrested by Capitol Police Monday, the Post said. One was arrested on an outstanding warrant; the other for drinking in public.



Source: Copyright United Press International 2013


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