MSP Investigating Confrontation Between Protesters, Police In Michigan House

WWJ News
April 29, 2020 - 4:42 pm

(WWJ) Michigan State Police are investigating a confrontation involving protesters and police at the Michigan Capitol. 

According to State Police, a preliminary investigation found that three people entered the House of Representatives gallery at around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday to watch  the House session.

When the trio was told by a House sergeant that the gallery was closed and were asked to leave, it's alleged that they refused. 

"House sergeants then attempted to remove the individuals using force," police said, in a news release. 

Caught on video, one of the people — reportedly there to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-home order, insisted she had a right to be there. She then screamed and cursed as she was taken out.

**Note: The video below is unedited and contains profanity. 

A spokesman for the House Speaker told WWJ the area was closed at the time to allow legislators and the media covering the votes to socially distance safely. Visitors to the Capitol have a viewing room set up in the Speaker’s Library, just outside. 

Because the incident occurred within the House chamber, State Police said MSP personnel were not involved in the altercation as the chamber is the jurisdiction of the Sergeant at Arms. However, a MSP state properties security sergeant did enter the gallery and "verbally intervene in an attempt to separate the individuals," police said.

MSP personnel were also on-scene outside the chamber; although they had no physical contact with the protesters. 

One woman was taken from the Capitol by EMS after she complained for injuries, police said. No arrests were made. 

As part of the investigation, police said statements will be obtained from everyone involved, pictures of any injuries will be documented and all available video footage of the confrontation will be obtained. Once the investigation is complete, a report will be forwarded to the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office for review and determination on whether criminal charges are merited. 

No names were released.