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Police arrest Capitol visitor at entrance

Rep. Nick Milroy, D-South Range, speaks with officers after being tackled by police trying to get back into the Capitol to retrieve some clothes from his office Thursday night. A judge ruled Thursday that no one can stay at the Capitol overnight to protest Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public workers. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Steve Apps)

Rep. Nick Milroy, D-South Range, speaks with officers after being tackled by police while trying to get back into the Capitol to retrieve some clothes from his office Thursday night. A judge ruled Thursday that no one can stay at the Capitol overnight. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Steve Apps)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin police have arrested a woman who attempted to charge past a Capitol security checkpoint.

According to Capitol Police, Elizabeth Ringle of Madison was arrested Friday morning after she refused to submit to security checks for weapons or prohibited items. Police say Ringle ignored multiple requests to comply with the checks and then attempted to run past officers into the Capitol. She was charged with disorderly conduct.

There have been 10 other arrests since protests began. Nine protesters were arrested on Feb. 17 for disorderly conduct during Senate and Assembly sessions. The only other arrest came Tuesday, when a California man attempted to breach Capitol plaza security during Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget address.

On Thursday, a Democratic lawmaker was tackled by police as he tried to enter the state Capitol when it was under lockdown. A few hours after the incident, Rep. Nick Milroy of South Range said both he and the officer who took him to the ground were acting too aggressively.

“There was no harm, no foul in this incident,” Milroy said. “It may have looked violent on the video but I had a puffy jacket on.”

Video from WISN-TV shows Milroy struggling with officers from the Two Rivers police department as he tried to enter the Capitol on Thursday night sometime after 6 p.m., when the building was closed to the public.

At the same time, police were trying to urge about 100 protesters who had been in the rotunda for more than two weeks to comply with a court order to leave. Protesters have converged on the Capitol in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal taking away most collective bargaining rights from most public workers.

Milroy said he identified himself as a state representative and showed identification but the officers refused to let him in. He was tackled as he tried to enter despite their refusal.

Protesters who occupied the Capitol since Feb. 15 left the building Thursday night without incident, according to police.

3 comments

  1. Elizabeth Ringle

    This article is about me. I did not charge the officers. I asked that they arrest me because I don’t agree with the screening procedures. The officers were very polite and tried to talk me out of this, but I said I wanted to be arrested. One officer asked if I wouldn’t rather spend the $268.50 fine at the mall and I said that I could not think of a better way to spend this money. They put me in hand cuffs, drove me in an unmarked vehicle several blocks away from the capitol and left me. I don’t have a cell phone so I walked back to the capitol, made copies of the citation to give to my representatives, spoke with someone from channel 15, then thanked the officers. When I got home I was going to write a letter to the chief of the Capitol Police saying how impressed I was with Officer Jay Rathburn. I am very disappointed that this report by the ap inaccurately describes what happened.

  2. There seems to be a lot of inaccurate reporting around here..

  3. Stan Ridderbusch

    I didn’t know that you had it in you to do this. What a great statement you made. I dont’t know you very well but I am proud of what you did.

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