Wis. Capitol Police arrest zero protesters
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For the first time in days police haven’t arrested any protesters in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda.
State Department of Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis says someone took out a permit to use the space Monday. It was unclear exactly who obtained the permit. Marquis didn’t return a follow-up message seeking details.
David Dexheimer says he got a permit to use a 10-foot-by-4-foot space on the rotunda’s balcony because he didn’t want to get arrested for observing the protest. But he says the permit applied only to that space, not the entire rotunda.
Protesters have been singing songs against Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the rotunda almost daily since 2011. Capitol Police launched a crackdown on them last month for not having a permit.
The protesters contend they don’t need a permit.