Maybe he just wanted media attention, and he did get it only for a short time. But was it just a bad acting kind of gimmick for the Democrat congressman?
Democratic Representative Luis Gutierrez was handcuffed for a short time on Monday after refusing to leave a meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in Chicago.
The meeting was also attended by around 22 advocates, attorneys, community leaders, and other local officials. They were asking about some cases and about ICE deportations.
The ICE officials gave their answers to the questions asked by Gutierrez and the group. The Congressman did not want to accept the answers from the regional director. He was more busy tweeting what he has been doing, and what he plans to do next.
Gutierrez decided to stay in the ICE office waiting for answers he could "accept" while giving updates on Twitter. When he was creating a delay already in the ICE officials' meeting, he was given the first warning to leave then. He did not leave at once but instead took the time to tell his Twitter followers about the first warning that he received.
And then his arrest came where he had to be handcuffed as he was led out of the room. Guess what- as soon as officials took out the cuffs from his hands, Gutierrez was busy tweeting again.
He said in his Twitter post that he was " arrested, cuffed, then cuffs were cut off". He also said in his tweet that he is waiting if he will be formally arrested.
The Hispanic congressman was working on cases to favor Hispanic people trying to stop their deportation. Gutierrez was already stopped from attending a meeting with a top federal official last month.
The Democrat did not get anything good from his ' gimmick' other than the series of tweets and a few seconds of TV exposure- things he was hungry for.