D.C. Mayor Arrested Under Relatively Tame Circumstances, for D.C. Mayors

Mayor Vincent Gray is searched by Capitol Hill police after being arrested on Monday, April 11, 2011, in Washington. Gray and several members of the D.C. city council joined protesters blocking the street in front of a Senate Office building to protest restrictions placed upon the district as part of the federal budget deal. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Photo: AP Photo/Evan Vucci/AP

D.C. mayor Vincent Gray and six members of the City Council were arrested yesterday after sitting down in the street outside of a Senate office building as a form of protest over policies forced on D.C. by Congress's budget deal, which Fox News details:

The city will likely be unable to spend its own tax dollars on abortions for low-income women. It may also be banned from spending city money on needle exchange programs believed vital to curbing the spread of HIV in the district, where the disease is considered an epidemic. Also back: a school voucher program favored by Republicans. The news is considered a setback for a city that is unique in that it has a city government but its budget and laws are overseen by Congress.

The good news: In contrast to previous arrests of D.C. mayors, Gray was not set up by any bitches.

D.C. Mayor Arrested, Released Following Budget Protest [Fox News]