UPDATED INFORMATION: Protesters Pepper Sprayed, Arrested At Capitol

By: News 10
By: News 10

At least four people were arrested inside the state Capitol, amidst noisy protests against expected Right to Work legislation.

Michigan State Police Inspector Gene Adamczyk said that protesters tried to rush into secure areas of the Capitol and were also lying down on the floor. At one point pepper spray was used to keep people from rushing the Senate chambers.

News 10 reporter Brian Johnson reports that at one time hundreds of protesters were inside the Capitol. The doors to the Capitol were blocked by troopers for a while Thursday morning, to prevent more protesters from entering.

Later, protesters marched to the Michigan Chamber of Commerce headquarters near the Capitol. The state Chamber has been a vocal supporter of Right to Work legislation. Security officers would not let the protesters on Chamber of Commerce property and told them to remain on the sidewalk.

The protesters circled the building, then listened to union leaders denounce Right to Work. Then they headed back to the Capitol, down Walnut Street with a Lansing police escort.

Governor Snyder and legislative leaders announced that right to work legislation will be introduced Thursday afternoon.

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  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 7, 2012 at 05:32 AM
    If you don't want to work in a union, why would you apply for jobs with an organization that specifically has a union?
  • by Cynthia Location: Lansing on Dec 6, 2012 at 08:54 PM
    Should have pepper sprayed the entire swarm of lazy union scum bags. Pass RTW. Can't happen fast enough.
  • by bob Location: williamston on Dec 6, 2012 at 08:22 PM
    What is the name of the main Sheeple leader?
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 6, 2012 at 01:06 PM
    And these aer the same people who want to keep the dems in office. Makes you wonder how civilized they are.
  • by Joe Worker Location: St. Johns on Dec 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    It's about time Michigan gave freedom to the individual worker to deiced on whether or not to be in a union.
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Dec 6, 2012 at 12:20 PM
    Good for you Gov. GO RTW
  • by Don Location: Location on Dec 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM
    8 people so far have been arrested as of 2pm.
  • by Terri Jankoviak Location: Dimondale, MI on Dec 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM
    This is so typical of this administration. Protestors don't agree with their agenda and they lock the capitol against them??? Isn't this OUR capitol building? They keep promising that more jobs are their number one priority, but they aren't creating more jobs with this bill, but will be eliminating good paying jobs. This is a job killer. Get ready for lower pay and more work people.
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