More than three-dozen disability rights activists were arrested while protesting near the White House gates Monday.
Those arrested were among 200 demonstrators with the disability rights group ADAPT. They were seeking a meeting with Obama administration officials.
The group says that President Barack Obama has done too little to ensure that people with disabilities are able to access services in their communities rather than being relegated to nursing homes.
“The president has not taken the initiative to proactively champion community living or the innovative Medicaid programs that could make it a reality,” said ADAPT organizer Josue Rodriguez of Memphis, Tenn. in a statement. “In nearly every way, President Obama and his administration have failed to live up to the promises about community living that he made during his presidential campaigns.”
The U.S. Secret Service arrested 38 individuals Monday afternoon who are facing misdemeanor charges of crossing a police line, according to Brian Leary, an agency spokesman. All of the protesters who were detained were released shortly thereafter.
White House officials did not respond to a request for comment about the demonstration.