Protesters arrested outside Indianapolis home of HHS chief Azar

Posted at 12:29 PM, Jun 10, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS --  More than two dozen protesters were arrested outside the home of United States Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Sunday.

Approximately 60 protesters - many in wheelchairs - gathered outside Azar's Indianapolis home, demanding he approve new rules banning shock therapy at a Massachusetts rehabilitation facility.

An advocacy group for disabled people called ADAPT issued a news release, saying it organized the demonstration to protest rules that have awaited HHS approval for more than two years that would ban shock therapy at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts.

Azar is a former executive for Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly & Co.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Michael Hewitt said Azar was not home at the time of the protests but several protesters were taken into custody at the scene. 

Police say 26 people were arrested for trespassing. 

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