72 Year-Old Woman Arrested During Wendy Davis Filibuster, Charged With Felony
A 72 year old woman, Martha Northington, was arrested in the Texas Senate gallery, booked at the Travis County jail, and charged with at least one felony — assaulting an officer — as well as resisting arrest.
A records request has been sent to the Travis County jail where she was booked early Wednesday morning. The incident took place during the sit-in while Senator Wendy Davis filibustered the anti-abortion bill SB 5. State troopers were sent in by the dozens while the gallery was in uproar over what they believed was an overreach by Senators who hell bent on ending the filibuster and taking a vote before the 12am deadline.
An eyewitness in the booking room says that though she was originally charged with at least one felony, they were later reduced.
The witness said the officer appeared to be unsure what he was willing to actually charge her with and had trouble filing his report.