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Wisconsin state Representative Nick Milroy (D) was tackled by police after he tried to enter the Capitol Building last night. Rep. Milroy was one of many Democrats who temporarily set up their office outside of the Capitol Building as a show of protest against Governor Walker's (R-WI) Budget Repair Bill. As the video shows, when trying to enter the Capitol Building to gain access to his office Milroy was tackled by officers guarding the entrance. After picking himself up off the ground Milroy forcefully tells the officers that he needs to get his clothes. The response of the officer at the scene is inaudible.
Originally posted by stephinrazin
Apparently police are now being used for political purposes.
A Dane County judge ruled Thursday that protesters could no longer spend the night to show their opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate nearly all collective bargaining rights for most public workers. Milroy was one of four Democratic Assembly members who moved their desks outside the Capitol Tuesday after access for the public was restricted.
Late Update: Mary Lou Keleher, a staffer for Milroy, told TPM that the representative was not arrested last night.
"He was just restrained," Keleher said.
According to Keleher, Milroy will be issuing a statement about the incident shortly.
In response to the enormous protests from union supporters, state officials have been allowing only a limited number of people into the Capitol this week, despite a judge's order saying it must remain open to the public.