Manuel Oliver, father of 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, a student killed in the February 14, 2018 Parkland High School massacre, was thrown out of a Congressional committee hearing on ATF overreach Thursday and then arrested by Capitol Police after an apparent struggle in the hallway. Oliver had stood up in the hearing room and yelled, “You’re full of s***!”, after his wife Patricia had been ordered out for disrupting the hearing. Oliver kept yelling variations of “full of s***!” as he was escorted out of the hearing room by police.
Screen image via Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL)/Twitter.
Oliver had earlier tweeted his hostility against Republican committee members from the hearing, “Im inside a hearing in DC. It’s incredible how republicans decided to atact @ATFHQ over America’s gun violence epidemic. It is so obvious their role as Gun Industry’s little [email protected]!”
Im inside a hearing in DC. It’s incredible how republicans decided to atact @ATFHQ over America’s gun violence epidemic. It is so obvious their role as Gun Industry’s little [email protected]! pic.twitter.com/JERuSlUhcw
— Manuel Oliver (@manueloliver00) March 23, 2023
Last year Oliver was thrown out of an event at the Brandon White House for being disruptive and heckling Brandon.
Videos taken by ABC News reporter Will Steakin, Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL) activist Ryan Deitsch and Punchbowl News reporter Mica Soellner show police struggling to control Oliver while his wife, who was also thrown out of the hearing, harangued officers to the point she was shoved away. Frost and other activists harassed the officers as they made the arrest of Oliver.
Manuel and Patricia Oliver were removed from the hearing room
I heard a loud thud outside the room, ran out, and saw officers pinning Manuel to the ground
Rep Frost ran out shortly after: https://t.co/ZebugeU98Z pic.twitter.com/9TGc8M6Bc2
— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) March 23, 2023
Here is @manueloliver00 being arrested for speaking out at a committee hearing. His son, Jaoquin, was shot to death in Parkland, Fl.
MANNY IS A HERO. He didn’t deserve this. The Republican Chair of this committee just called him a narcissist. Disgraceful. pic.twitter.com/6jccYvesHb
— Maxwell Alejandro Frost (@MaxwellFrostFL) March 23, 2023
Trigger Warning: Police Violence
This is video I captured during the incident. This shows an exaggerated force (paid by your tax dollars) restraining & removing Mr Oliver from the hearing. While the Oliver’s did disrupted a federal proceeding, this response is beyond unjustified. pic.twitter.com/7uqCvNFF1N
— Ryan Deitsch (@Ryan_Deitsch) March 23, 2023
USCP appears to be arresting a man outside the hearing room pic.twitter.com/K3nMVWsJZT
— Mica Soellner (@MicaSoellnerDC) March 23, 2023
Video of the disruptions by the Olivers and their being ejected by subcommittee Chairman Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX)
Video of Manuel and Patrica Oliver being removed from the hearing at direction of GOP Chair Rep. Pat Fallon
Both appear to leave without resistance… moments later there was a loud thud outside the hearing room and I found Manuel being pinned to the ground by multiple officers: https://t.co/ZebugeU98Z pic.twitter.com/zdpfPGHjDn
— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) March 23, 2023
More disruptions led to the hearing going into recess.
i wish i could see what’s going on here pic.twitter.com/QmQNSbjDHP
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 23, 2023
Video of Oliver heckling Brandon at the White House, July 11, 2022:
Press release announcing Thursday’s hearing:
Fallon & Biggs Announce Joint Hearing Examining ATF Overreach
WASHINGTON — The Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Energy Policy, and Regulatory Affairs Chairman Pat Fallon (R-Texas) and the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Federal Government Surveillance Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) will hold a joint hearing examining the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) actions aimed at curtailing the ability of lawful gun owners to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
On January 31, 2023, the ATF issued a final rule to redefine a firearm with an attached stabilizing brace as a short-barreled rifle, contradicting an ATF determination made over a decade ago during the Obama Administration. The hearing will examine the impact of the final rule and the potential harm it will have on millions of law-abiding gun owners. This rulemaking comes in addition to other actions taken by ATF to chill the exercise of Second Amendment rights.
“The Brandon Administration is weaponizing the ATF to advance a left-wing gun control agenda without regard for fundamental fairness or constitutional rights,” said Subcommittee Chairmen Fallon and Biggs. “The ATF has engaged in a host of practices that seek to curtail the ability of lawful gun owners to exercise their Second Amendment rights. Because of the ATF’s final rule, millions of lawful gun owners will be required to obtain a special registration, surrender, or destroy their stabilizing brace by the compliance date or will face severe criminal penalties merely as a result of this regulatory change. Republicans on both subcommittees stand ready to defend Americans’ constitutional rights and this hearing will provide us with the tools and information to do so.”
WHAT: Joint hearing titled “ATF’s Assault on the Second Amendment: When is Enough Enough?”
DATE: Thursday, March 23, 2023
TIME: 10:00a.m. ET
LOCATION: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building
Amy Swearer, Senior Legal Fellow, Heritage Foundation
Alex Bosco, Founder and Inventor of the Stabilizing Brace
Matthew Larosiere, Partner, Zermay-Larosiere Law Group
The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be livestreamed online at https://oversight.house.gov/.