An activist protesting a bill was placed in handcuffs outside the Oklahoma State Capitol after he allegedly threw water on a state representative and then assaulted his arresting officer.
On Tuesday, dozens of so-called "trans-rights" activists gathered in the Capitol building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to protest HB 2177, which would ban "gender-reassignment" surgery for almost all minors and for adults who use insurance. The bill would also ban medical professionals from prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to children. The measure passed the House overwhelmingly, 80-18, and will be delivered to the state Senate for consideration.
Though state representatives voting in accordance with the will of their constituents would seem to be democracy in motion, some of the activist protesters became enraged after the bill passed. One such activist wearing a pride flag with the word "equality" emblazoned on it reportedly approached Rep. Bob Ed Culver (R-Tahlequah) and hurled water at him.
When a member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol then guided the suspect out to a stairwell, the suspect allegedly threw water at the trooper and then "open-handedly hit" him "on the shoulder," KFOR reported.
As the trooper attempted to place the suspect under arrest in the stairwell, another activist, who claimed to be married to the suspect, experienced an emotional meltdown. "He's trying to assault my partner!" the apparent male yelled before repeatedly shrieking for help.
Another trooper then responded that help had arrived. "We're right here," the trooper assured the overwrought protester, but his assurances did little to assuage the person in the "transgender" cape, who then screamed that the officers were "actively suppressing" the protesters.
The entire incident was caught on camera, though the alleged attack against Rep. Culver is difficult to see.
Culver has released a statement, confirming that he intends to press charges. "If water being thrown on me had been the extent of the action taken, I would not have given it a second thought," the statement said. "However, I cannot stand by while our highway patrolmen are assaulted for simply doing their jobs.
"Taking all of that into consideration, I have decided to press charges against the individual who assaulted me and the patrolman and will cooperate fully with the law enforcement investigation," the statement concluded.
Freedom Oklahoma, which claims to be the "only statewide 2SLGBTQ+ advocacy organization," tweeted in support of the arrested suspect and even intimated that its members may engage in further acts that defy "rules of decorum."
"It's absurd to demand that marginalized people being attacked also respond within rules of decorum that were never meant to welcome us," Freedom Oklahoma wrote in a tweet thread, adding that it has reached out to the suspect and "ensured they have access to bail support." The tweet thread also suggested that the suspect identifies as "transgender." It is unclear whether the suspect is a member of the organization.
A man identified as Billboard Chris, a Canadian citizen who travels throughout North America to alert people about the dangers of so-called gender transition, especially for children, hailed the arrest on social media.
"The sounds of wailing and gnashing of teeth are like a lullaby to me, as legislators put an end to this child abuse," Billboard Chris wrote in a tweet thread about the incident.
Despite the tantrums, those who proposed the bill in the Oklahoma House remain firm that ending "gender transition procedures" in the state is the right call.
"Common sense tells us that the decisions people make as a teenager may be shortsighted and later regretted, especially in regard to a major action like these irreversible procedures," said Rep. Jim Olsen (R-Roland), one of two representatives who introduced the bill. "Even one child who undergoes a life-altering procedure and later laments their decision is one too many. I'm proud to stand against these reprehensible actions and proud to protect Oklahoma's children."
His colleague, Rep. Kevin West (R-Moore), who co-sponsored the bill, expressed similar convictions. "This legislation is about protecting our children from those who would seek to profit from their gender confusion," West said. "As a state, we must not be partner to irreversible health practices that permanently change the bodies of our children before they are of an age where they can fully understand the consequences of their decisions."
It is unclear when the state Senate will consider the measure.
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