Ethics panel won't investigate Ellison for protest arrest
October 31, 2013 — 1:56pm
The U.S. House Ethics Committee will not investigate U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and seven other lawmakers who were arrested during an October 8 immigration protest.
A report issued Wednesday says the issue is resolved because the members involved paid a $50 fine after their arrests and the charges were dropped.
The lawmakers, all Democrats, were arrested as part of a “civil disobedience” demonstration in front of the U.S. Capitol where they blocked streets to draw attention to the issue of immigration reform.
Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday said that while he "strongly" believes "black lives matter" and supported the broader cause of activists, he wanted protesters to avoid disrupting the Twin Cities Marathon.