According to Little Rock Police, 36 disability rights activists were arrested outside the offices of the Arkansas Health Care Association after blocking the entrance to the building on Monday. Activists with the group ADAPT said they planned the protest event, along with the arrests.
Dozens of other the activists, many wheelchair bound, were put onto CATA busses with handicap accessibility to be cited. They were chanting, “rather go to jail than die in a nursing home,” while being carted off by police. Police said they weren’t actually booked, but rather just cited with criminal trespass.
The group rallied on the steps of the State Capitol on Sunday, trying to get the attention of Governor Beebe – calling his attention to the Community Choice First Option. CFCO, according to the group, would allow all Arkansans who qualify for institutional placement to choose community supports instead. They say it would end the “long waiting list of nearly 3,000 desperate citizens, some of whom have been waiting over nine years.