Secret Service Agent Tackles Man Trying to Stop Jill Biden's Motorcade

A man who tried to stop first lady Jill Biden's motorcade in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday was arrested and charged after he was tackled by Secret Service agents in the city's Pilsen neighborhood.

The man was identified by Chicago's ABC7 as Jose Torres and it appeared he was trying to highlight immigration reform, based on video and still images from the incident.

Torres approached Biden's motorcade as it rounded a corner and apparently did not comply with verbal commands to desist. He was tackled by a Secret Service agent, arrested by Chicago police and later charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Though police did not provide details about the incident on Wednesday, footage posted to Twitter showed Torres yelling about immigration.

"We want immigration reform now," Torres shouted as he ran toward the first lady's motorcade.

The moment was captured in a brief video shared by Mary Ann Ahern, political reporter with NBC5 Chicago.

Torres was also holding a homemade sign written in Spanish that said: "BIDEN CUMPLA REFORMA MIGRATORIA."

Roughly translated, the message read: "Biden, accomplish immigration reform."

First Lady Jill Biden arrives in Pilsen ⁦@FLOTUSpic.twitter.com/OowuhS0G03

— Mary Ann Ahern (@MaryAnnAhernNBC) October 12, 2021

The first lady was in Chicago as part of a multi-city tour designed to mark the final week of Hispanic Heritage Month. On Tuesday, Biden visited the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen, Chicago. It appears she was en route to the museum when Torres approached the motorcade.

On Wednesday, Biden visited the the Arturo Velasquez Institute, a community college in the Mexican-American Little Village area of the city. She was joined by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.

The first lady has been hosting charlas—chats—during her trip and spoke to Latino business and non-profit leaders on Wednesday.

Biden made reference to the fact she is an educator. She serves as a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College.

"As a community college educator for forever, I love this city, I [...] just feel right at home," she said. "The bottom line for me, and I think for Miguel, too, is jobs—jobs. And that's what these schools are providing at very little cost."

Biden went on: "Our administration is really trying to wrap its arms around all Americans, all Americans," the first lady said. "Whether you supported my husband or you didn't, he's the president for all Americans. I think through the programs he is trying to pass now he is trying to be inclusive and embrace our diversity."

First Lady Jill Biden Delivers Remarks
U.S. first lady Jill Biden delivers remarks during an Equal Pay Day event in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on March 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. A man was arrested in Chicago on Tuesday after approaching Biden's motorcade. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images