Shock video: Police gang-tackle Wisconsin Dem as he enters Capitol

By David Edwards
Friday, March 4, 2011 11:20 EDT
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Update: Tackled congressman releases statement

Wisconsin state Rep. Nick Milroy released a statement Friday detailing a confrontation he had with police while trying to enter the Capitol building Thursday night.

“Last night, I was aggressive in attempting to re-enter the Capitol and law enforcement was aggressive in trying to keep me out,” he said. “I was eventually allowed in and watched as other law enforcement, like Capitol Police Chief Tubbs, skillfully worked to clear the building so access can return to normal.”

“This armed-palace environment created by Gov. Walker has everyone feeling very tense and emotions are running high.”

Read the full statement here.

Original report continues below…

A Democratic lawmaker in Wisconsin has had a confrontation with police while trying to enter the Capitol building.

A video obtained by WISN-TV shows Rep. Nick Milroy being tackled by Capitol police while trying to enter the building to retrieve some clothes.

Milroy tried to get through the door of the Capitol before struggling with police and eventually being pulled to the ground. It doesn’t appear as if Milroy was given the chance to present his ID.

Protesters were forced to leave the Capitol Thursday night after Dane County Circuit Judge John Albert ruled that it be vacated for 48 hours for cleaning. Protesters had been camped out in the building for 17 days straight.

Those demonstrating against a plan by Gov. Scott Walker (R) to strip public workers of their bargaining rights took the decision as a partial victory. Albert ruled that a policy restricting protesters from entering the Capitol violated the protesters’ constitutional rights.

“Free speech, protests, rallies should be allowed during the hours the Capitol is open and at any other time when either house of the Legislature is in session or any committee or government body is conducting a public hearing,” the judge said.

“But it is completely within the rights of the people who run the Capitol to prevent people from entering… with sleeping bags, pillows, mats and blankets, and intending to remain after closing hours.”

This video is from WISH-TV, broadcast March 4, 2011.

Photo credit: nickmilroy.net

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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