UPDATE: 9 protesters arrested at Sen. Manchin's Charleston office

Published: Oct. 1, 2018 at 6:14 PM EDT
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UPDATE 10/2/18 @ 1:34 p.m.

Nine protesters were arrested at U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s office in Charleston early Tuesday morning.

Charleston Police Lt. Autumn Davis said officers responded to the office just after midnight Tuesday for a trespassing complaint. Protesters gathered at the office earlier in the day, both inside and outside of the building. They had signs urging the Democratic senator to vote no on confirming U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Police say the protesters were asked to leave, but most refused. Two left after police told the group they could be charged with criminal trespassing. Nine remained and were arrested for trespassing. Police escorted them off the property.

The protesters were issued summonses to appear in court and were released at the scene.


Seventeen women camped out Monday at U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s office in Charleston, urging him to vote no on President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The women gathered inside and outside of the office holding signs. We're told a group was also in Washington -- hoping to get their message across.

“If Joe Manchin votes to confirm (Brett) Kavanaugh, it will be just one more example of Manchin falling in line to advance his own interests, rather than serving the people and the women of West Virginia,” said Katey Lauer of Fayette County, one of the women involved in Monday’s action.

The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia posted on its Facebook page that the women were demanding that Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, vote no on Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Some of the women said they planned to stay overnight at Manchin's Charleston office in protest.