Sinema bathroom confrontation could lead to charges

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Sinema bathroom confrontation could lead to charges

The Arizona State University Police Department is recommending charges over the viral bathroom confrontation between activists and Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema this month.

Following an investigation by ASU police, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, and Sinema's office, asked county prosecutors to charge four people with misdemeanors after interrupting a class and harassing the senator in a bathroom, said ASU police spokesman Adam Wolfe, according to an Arizona Mirror report Thursday.

Maricopa County prosecutors are considering the request, KTAR News reported.

Activists from the group Living United for Change in Arizona followed Sinema into a bathroom on campus where she had been teaching a class on Oct. 3.

Sinema, a lecturer at ASU's School of Social Work, was on the receiving end of wrath from many far-left groups and Democrats due to her opposition to the original $3.5 trillion price tag of the Democrats’ go-it-alone sweeping budget reconciliation and social spending bill. In the evenly divided Senate, the legislation needs her vote to pass.

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In several videos posted to Twitter, the protesters can be heard and seen encouraging the senator to support the spending proposal. Specifically, the protesters talk about the need for better "solutions" to provide a pathway for citizenship to undocumented immigrants in the United States.

The following day, Sinema called their behavior an illegitimate protest and "unacceptable" and "unlawful" as her "environment was breached."

President Joe Biden also criticized the activists cornering Sinema in a bathroom and filming the encounter but dismissed the tactics as common and "part of the process."

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"It is the duty of elected leaders to avoid fostering an environment in which honestly-held policy disagreements serve as the basis for vitriol — raising the temperature in political rhetoric and creating a permission structure for unacceptable behavior," Sinema said in her statement.

The Washington Examiner reached out to the ASU police, Sinema's office, and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for comment but did not receive a response back.

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