LANSING (WWJ) – A day of peaceful but spirited demonstrations in Lansing Wednesday, turned violent last night. 

The sit-in style protest had attracted more than 3,000 people, inside and outside the capitol building. They were there to oppose Governor Rick Snyder’s budget plans.   

But as the capitol police attempted to close the building just before 6pm Wednesday,  a small group of protestors tried to move in.

Michigan State Police Captain Gary Nix tells WWJ, there was some resistance from the protestors, and police had to use Pepper spray at one point, as officers dealt with the protestors:

“They were here to occupy the building and demanded that the building stay open. We interacted with them and tried to come to some sort of compromise, but in the end, we ended up arresting 14 people”.

Captain Nix says at least one person faces felony charges, after he allegedly broke into the capitol building through a bathroom window, and then resisted arrest. Police say he also had a weapon.

Comments (4)
  1. Jille says:

    I was there all day (we left at the scheduled end time of 6pm) and it was a wonderful, peaceful show of solidarity. Protesters from Madison came all the way up to show their support. I took my daughter into the Capitol to use the restroom and we were asked to leave our signs at the door, no problem. The 2 guards greeted us with a smile and directed us to the restroom, the 4 officers checking what we were bringing in were very pleasant as well. I can’t tell you how upset I am to hear this happened after we left. After spending 6 hours with these 14, I feel betrayed.

  2. David says:

    The “weapon” was a conch shell. A guy was blowing into it and producing these hollowing sounds earlier in the day.
    I find it totally funny that the cops report this as a weapon and it is reprinted in every newspaper

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