Originally posted Tuesday, February 12, 2019 by RODNEY HOemail@example.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
TMZ reports that former “Daily Show” correspondent Jordan Klepper was arrested this morning during a protest about undocumented students at the Board of Regents system office across from the Georgia State Capitol.
At about 10:13 a.m., he and several others refused to leave the Board of Regents meeting. They were charged with criminal trespass, according to the Georgia State Capitol Police.
“Nine individuals started chanting, disrupting the meeting. The group was asked to disperse,” the statement said. “They then locked arms and refused to leave... They were taken to the Fulton County Jail.”
Klepper was reportedly shooting a documentary.
They were demonstrating against a state’s policy that denies in-state tuition rates to undocumented students
The often sardonic comic was on “The Daily Show” for several years, then hosted his own show “The Opposition” on Comedy Central for a year. That was cancelled after one season last summer.
The individuals that were arrested were identified as:
- Gregory Ames, 70, of Marietta, GA
- Charmaine Minniefield, 46, of Decatur, GA (visual artist)
- Cindy Lutenbacher, 65, of Decatur, GA (has been a Morehouse College professor)
- Laura Soltis, 34, of Fairburn, GA
- David Dunn, 57, of Roswell, GA
- Matthew Laney, 48, of Decatur, GA
- Jonathan Rogers, 33, of Decatur, GA
- Adrian Apecena, 34, of Durham, NC
- Jordan Klepper, 39, of New York, NY
UPDATE: On Wednesday, February 13, now out of jail, Klepper posted a note supporting “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who came to the United States with their parents and kids. He wants them to get the same in-state tuition support as citizens and access to the top colleges in Georgia.
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