Four Face Charges After Kyrsten Sinema Confronted in Bathroom

Four activists may be facing charges for confronting Senator Kyrsten Sinema in a bathroom at Arizona State University over her opposition to President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Act.

The ASU Police Department concluded its investigation into the October 3 incident this week. It is now asking the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to bring misdemeanor charges against four individuals.

Video of the confrontation went viral after members of a group called Living United for Change in Arizona followed the Democratic lawmaker into a bathroom on campus.

ASU police spokesperson Adam Wolfe told The Arizona Republic that the four people were suspected of disorderly conduct and disruption of an educational institution.

No further details about the charges are available and the identities of the individuals have not been released.

It is not yet known if any of the four are students at the university.

The charges they face are reportedly not related to an Arizona law that bans people from recording someone in a bathroom without their consent. The activists recorded themselves confronting the senator.

Sinema, who is a lecturer at the ASU's School of Social Work, was confronted by an activist and then entered a campus bathroom. However, the activists followed her and filmed her entering the stalls.

In the video, a person off-camera can be heard to say: "We knocked down doors for you to get you elected. And just how we got you elected we can get you out of office if you don't support what you promised us."

The senator issued a statement the day after the incident, saying: "Yesterday's behavior was not legitimate protest.

"It is unacceptable for activist organizations to instruct their members to jeopardize themselves by engaging in unlawful activities such as gaining entry to closed university buildings, disrupting learning environments, and filming students in a restroom," Sinema said.

"In the 19 years I have been teaching at ASU, I have been committed to creating a safe and intellectually challenging environment for my students," she went on. "Yesterday, that environment was breached. My students were unfairly and unlawfully victimized. This is wholly inappropriate."

President Biden also responded to the incident the following day.

"I don't think they're appropriate tactics, but it happens to everybody from the—the only people it doesn't happen to are people who have Secret Service standing around them," Biden said. "So, it's, it's part of the process."

Sinema has faced criticism for her opposition to the proposed $3.5 trillion infrastructure and social spending bill, known as the Build Back Better Act. She has joined Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) in opposing the bill with its current price tag. Both Sinema and Manchin's votes are essential to passing the measure through the budget reconciliation process.

Update 10/21/21 11.01 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include a new photo.

Kyrsten Sinema Arrives at the U.S. Capitol
Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) arrives at the U.S. Capitol for a vote on September 29. Police are seeking charges against four people who confronted Sinema at Arizona State University. Alex Wong/Getty Images