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Rev. Jesse Jackson arrested at voting protest after vowing to ‘fill up jails’

REVEREND Jesse Louis Jackson was arrested by Capitol Police at a voting rights protest on Wednesday after vowing to “fill up the jails.”

The 79-year-old political activist was “field arrested” by Capitol police for “illegal demonstration activity,” according to reports.

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Jackson, center, was ‘field arrested’ by Capitol police on WednesdayCredit: EPA
Bishop William Barber II, center right, was also arrested

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Bishop William Barber II, center right, was also arrestedCredit: EPA
Jackson and Barber were processed, given a ticket, and not taken to jail, NBC News reported

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Jackson and Barber were processed, given a ticket, and not taken to jail, NBC News reportedCredit: AFP

NBC News reported that Jackson and his fellow activist Bishop William Barber II, 57, were “arrested for ‘illegal demonstration activity‘ while protesting in support of voting rights.”

Both were processed, given a ticket, and not taken to jail, according to the news outlet.

Jackson was taken into custody not long after saying: “We come not as an insurrection group, but as a resurrection group” and “today we must fill up the jails,” Religion News Service reported.

“If you call yourself a child of God, you oughta act like it sometimes,” Jackson added.

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