Protesters staged demonstrations outside Capitol Hill against US President Donald Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court top seat, Brett Kavanaugh.
The protests led to the arrest of a dozen of people and among them was a Kenyan, Stanley Njuguna who had joined other democrats and protesters in what they termed as unacceptable and a politically motivated act by the president nominating a person who is not fit to hold such a high position the American Judiciary. Njuguna is interning for an organization in based in Washington DC that organized the demos and defended their actions.
“I’ll be damned if I sit back and watch while women’s reproductive rights are rolled back. I’ll be damned if I let this orange fool appoint someone who could save him from a criminal indictment,” said Njuguna.
Njuguna after his arrest was not however booked in any police station but was just questioned and released without any criminal charges being pressed against him.
“I was taken to a small warehouse just a couple of blocks away from Senate office building, processed, searched, questioned on my rights, and released. I was issued with a citation related to civil disobedience/disorderly conduct, but was not convicted of any criminal offense or even court ordered. As far as I understand its equivalent to a speeding ticket,” said Njuguna.
Njuguna became the face of the protest after his picture was published on The Washington Post while being taken out of Capitol Hill by police. The protestor said he had no option but to protest as the country is not dwelling on the principles of democracy anymore.
“I did what I did yesterday because we live in a time beyond institutional norms and decorum. I did what I did yesterday because we do not live in a democracy.
“I think the historical record reflects very positively on those who stand up against the forces of oppression through civil disobedience, and even those actions that more threatening, in times of grave trial,” added Njuguna.
Kavanaugh is facing a lot of resistance based on his stances on issues of abortion, LGBT rights among other issues. However, the Judge during his vetting vowed to be fair if he confirmed for the position.
“A good judge must be an umpire-a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no litigant or policy. I don’t decide cases based on personal or policy preferences. I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge. I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge. I am a pro-law judge,” he defended himself.