Juvenile among three arrested for Vermont House protest

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Capitol Police have identified two of the three people arrested Thursday after they shut down proceedings in the Vermont House chamber to protest climate change.

Police said Asa Skinder, 18, of Montpelier and Alec Fleischer, 18, of New York City, were charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful trespass. A third person arrested was a juvenile and released in the custody of a parent.

Skinder and Fleischer were among more than two dozen protestors who gathered in the chamber’s upstairs gallery. Shortly after 11 am, police said, several members of the group unfurled banners and dumped hundreds of index cards over the balcony and onto lawmakers below.

The protesters say they wanted the Vermont Legislature to do more to combat climate change.

The disruption, which included loud chanting, prompted Democratic Speaker of the House Mitzi Johson to ask lawmakers to leave the chamber. 

Capitol Police officers then followed the agency’s procedure for dealing with protestors by asking the group to leave. When Skinder, Flieischer and the juvenile refused, they were arrested. 

No injuries were reported and the House returned to work shortly after noon, Capitol Police said.

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