Tax protesters at Collins’ office charged with trespassing

Susan Collins
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 1. –J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Five protesters who refused to leave Maine Sen. Susan Collins’ Bangor office over her support for the overhaul of the tax code have been arrested on a trespassing charge.

The Bangor Daily News reports 66-year-old Jim Betts, of Winthrop, said Monday from inside Collins’ office the group was staying to talk to the Republican senator. He said he’s shocked Collins would buy into the tax bill.

Police said they got a call at about 6 p.m. from the Department of Homeland Security saying the group refused to leave. A police officer read a dispersal order; one person left. Five stayed and were peacefully taken to jail. They were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Collins supported the bill after inclusion of her amendments on medical expense and property tax deductions.

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