Civil rights leader, former DC delegate Walter Fauntroy arrested at airport

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CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Civil rights leader and former congressional delegate Walter Fauntroy has been arrested at Dulles International Airport on a charge of writing a bad check in Maryland.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says in a statement that Fauntroy was arrested Monday morning upon his arrival on a flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Fauntroy had spent the past four years abroad. The 83-year-old told The Washington Post in a telephone interview last week that he was coming home and that he believed the bad-check issue was resolved.

Fauntroy helped plan the 1963 March on Washington with friend the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He served for 20 years as the District of Columbia’s first delegate to Congress. The city’s delegate can vote in committees but not on the House floor.

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