WATCH: Raphael Warnock, Pastor of Atlanta’s Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Issues Statement After Being Arrested While Protesting on Capitol Hill

Rev. Raphael Warnock was arrested in Washington DC during a protest on July 18, 2017 (Photo: Stephen D. Martin)

Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, was arrested on Tuesday in Washington, DC, during a protest.

Senior pastoral assistant Rev. Regina Chamberlain confirmed that Warnock was arrested.

According to a news release from Monday night, Warnock was part of a group of clergy from across the nation on Capitol Hill protesting the budget proposed by President Donald Trump, as well as the proposed Senate health care bill.

A spokesperson for Warnock, Tenisha T. Bell, tweeted out this photo of Warnock being handcuffed by Capitol Police:


According to a representative for the church, Warnock and others were singing and praying inside the Russell Rotunda when they were arrested.§ion=home,%20DC&site=85&playerid=6918249996581&dfpid=32805352&dfpposition=Video_prestream_external§ion=home

The pastor was charged with crowding, obstruction and incommoding. He was released after being held for three hours.

After being released from custody, Warnock released a statement saying:

As a pastor, I believe that the national budget is not just a fiscal document, but a moral document. It reflects what we believe and who we are for one another. And if this mean spirited budget were an EKG, it would indicate that America has a heart condition. The government is taking student aid, job training and medicine from those who need it most in order to give a tax cut to those who need it least. We came to Washington as voices of healing and justice. America is better than this. That’s our message. And when I consider those who will suffer, my getting arrested is a small price to pay. 

SOURCE: 11Alive / WXIA – Tim Darnell