Senate Hearings Produce Single Arrest for Disruption

Posted April 8, 2008 at 6:56pm

Correction Appended

Gen. David Petraeus’ testimony on Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees certainly had people’s attention — but everyone’s conduct stayed pretty civil throughout the two hearings.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, protester Paul Zulkowitz was the only person arrested for disrupting the proceedings, according to a Capitol Police spokeswoman, Sgt. Kimberly Schneider.

Police officers escorted Zulkowitz out of the Armed Services hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building just before 11 a.m., after he began shouting phrases such as: “Bring them home.” Zulkowitz was later charged with unlawful conduct, Schneider said.

After Zulkowitz was escorted out, Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) quickly called the hearing back to order. No similar disruptions were reported during the Foreign Relations hearing held later in the day.

Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker will testify in the House today.

— Elizabeth Brotherton

Correction: April 14, 2008

The article misquoted anti-war protester Paul Zulkowitz. Zulkowitz shouted “Bring them home” shortly before getting arrested by Capitol Police.