Protest outside Indianapolis home of HHS chief Azar results in 26 arrests

Police say 26 demonstrators, some in wheelchairs, were arrested Sunday for trespassing outside the Indianapolis home of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

Indianapolis police spokesman Officer Michael Hewitt said the protesters were warned several times they would be arrested if they did not leave the property. Azar wasn't home at the time of the protest Sunday morning, he said.

An advocacy group for disabled people called Americans Disabled Attendant Programs Today, or ADAPT, 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.

The demonstrators had all been released by mid-afternoon, the organization said.

An HHS spokeswoman said the agency meets with advocacy groups through appropriate channels.

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

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