Another day in the California Statehouse, another arrest. This one was pretty gross. A protester was arrested at the California Statehouse in Sacramento on Friday evening after she allegedly threw a feminine hygiene device containing “what appeared to be blood” onto the floor of the state Senate from a public viewing area, splashing the liquid onto lawmakers working below. Yuck.
This resulted in the Senate chamber being evacuated and the lawmakers finished their work in a committee room on the final day of the legislative session. Rebecca Dalelio, 43, was taken into custody for assault, vandalism and disrupting “the orderly conduct of official business” at the Statehouse, the California Highway Patrol said in a news release. She posted a $10,000 bond and was released from the Sacramento County Main Jail on Saturday morning, according to sheriff’s department records.
A group of protesters entered the statehouse bearing signs saying “Medical Freedom” and they proceeded to harass and disrupt the lawmakers there. They were originally permitted into the Senate chambers to overlook state Senate proceedings from the upstairs balcony. Hundreds of protestors descended on Sacramento to demonstrate against new laws cracking down on vaccine exemptions.
At approximately 5:15 pm, a woman leaned over the railing and hurled the unidentified red liquid onto the unsuspecting lawmakers. Someone reportedly called out: “That’s for the dead babies!” This, of course, caused people to flee and lawmakers to make a hasty exit. A recess was called and the police evacuated the chambers. A video was posted on Twitter that shows a woman, who walked out of the gallery into the hallway, saying, “My m*nstrual blood is all over the Senate floor… a representation of the blood of the dead babies,” before she is then handcuffed. “Their blood is on your hands!” Nice.
CHP statement on CA Senate incident is now out… "appeared to be blood…" pic.twitter.com/3mjcm8EDB5
— John Myers (@johnmyers) September 14, 2019
State Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat, posted this to Twitter: “A few minutes ago, the anti-vaxxer stalkers – who’ve engaged in a harassment campaign all week – dropped a red substance onto the Senate floor from the elevated public gallery, dousing several of my colleagues,” Wiener wrote. “These anti-vaxxers are engaging in criminal behavior. They’ve now repeatedly assaulted senators and are engaging in harassing and intimidating behavior every single day, as we try to do the people’s work. They’re a cancer on the body politic and are attacking democracy.”
From Fox News:
“The incident comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed controversial legislation into law this week that places restrictions on medical vaccine exemptions for children. State Sen. Richard Pan, a Democrat representing Sacramento, authored the bill. He was shoved by a protester last week outside the Capitol.
“This incident was incited by the violent rhetoric perpetuated by leaders of the antivaxx movement,” Pan said in a statement to FOX 40 Sacramento. “As their rhetoric escalates, their incidents of violence does as well. This is an attack on the democratic process and an assault on all Californians and it must be met with strong condemnation by everyone.”
2/2 These anti-vaxxers are engaging in criminal behavior. They’ve now repeatedly assaulted Senators & are engaging in harassing & intimidating behavior every single day, as we try to do the people’s work. They’re a cancer on the body politic & are attacking democracy.
— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) September 14, 2019
“Senate Bill 276 and SB 714 intend to increase oversight on California’s vaccine medical exemption system, according to the Sacramento Bee. Doctors in the state will be required to submit a form to the state Department of Public Health every time they issue a medical exemption. Public health officials will be alerted when doctors issue more than five exemptions a year and review each exemption case to evaluate if fraud is being committed. The system will also flag schools that fall below a 95 percent vaccination rate.
“Supporters argue the new legislation would protect children who are too sick or young to be vaccinated from being exposed to preventable diseases while at school, according to the Bee. Those in opposition to the new law say vaccines are not universally safe and that the measure would infringe on the patient-doctor relationship.
— Deb (@connectwithdeb) September 13, 2019
“Protesters camped outside the governor’s office this week as others in opposition to the legislation crowded hallways in Sacramento’s Capitol building and attempted to disrupt hearings and floor sessions, the Los Angeles Times reported. The group responsible for organizing the rally outside the Capitol denounced the woman’s behavior Friday.
“We strongly denounce this, it goes far beyond crossing a line,” Jonathan Lockwood, executive director of Conscience Coalition, told the Sacramento Bee.
“Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins said in a statement: “California’s legislative process, as well as our doors, should remain open to all who wish to observe or speak out on a variety of issues, but we cannot allow anyone to endanger others. The behavior that occurred in the Senate Chamber is unacceptable and has been dealt with by Capitol law enforcement. We will continue to do the people’s important business.”’
A protester in the Senate gallery appears to have just thrown some red liquid substance onto the floor. It hit Sen. Hurtado and landed on some of the senators’ desks. The senators have left the floor. pic.twitter.com/wGbfcOEyHB
— Ben Adler (@adlerben) September 14, 2019
According to KRON-TV, Friday was the tenth day of protests prompted by legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsome, which grants the government the authority to monitor individual doctors and schools regarding vaccination exemptions.
Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) tweeted a picture of a m*nstrual cup with red liquid inside. He said that Mitchell, Sen. Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) and Sen. Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) were hit by the liquid.
California Senate goes into recess after anti-vaccine protester throws a red liquid from the gallery.
— Dustin Gardiner (@dustingardiner) September 14, 2019
Newsome has already signed a couple of bills mandating vaccinations for school-aged children so this drama was all in vain. Protesting is one thing… throwing blood is another. Exercise your First Amendment rights without tossing bodily fluids for Pete’s sake.
CA Sen. Hurtado splashed with liquid dumped from balcony by protestor of bill restricting exemption for vaccinating children. Senate leaves for caucus meeting. pic.twitter.com/lR8FgVpRuc
— Patrick McGreevy (@mcgreevy99) September 14, 2019