Texas Troopers forcibly arrest 72-year-old woman during Wendy Davis filibuster

By David Edwards
Thursday, June 27, 2013 13:23 EDT
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Martha Northington arrested at Texas Senate (YouTube)
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A 72-year-old woman who appeared to be doing nothing more than observing Texas Senate proceedings following state Sen. Wendy Davis’ (D) filibuster of an abortion bill was forcibly arrested and charged with assaulting an officer early Wednesday morning.

Video captured by 23-year-old Austin resident Elizabeth Willmann shows two troopers surrounding Martha Northington as she sits in the gallery. One of the officers approaches from behind and yanks Northington’s arm to bring her to her feet.

“You’re hurting me!” she shouts.

At that point, the crowd erupts and several more troopers surround the woman as she’s put into handcuffs.

“Stop pushing me, I will walk,” Northington pleads.

“This woman was doing nothing but sitting until this state trooper who had already manhandled other women decided to grab her, hurt her and arrest her,” Willmann wrote on her YouTube page.

Arrest records published online showed that Northington was charged with “assault by contact” and resisting arrest. Bond was set at $4,000.

According to the Burnt Orange Report, felony charges against Northington may have later been reduced.

Watch this video from Elizabeth Willmann, broadcast June 25, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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