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Wisconsin Supreme Court table toppled, police take away man

Wisconsin Capitol Police survey damage inside the state Supreme Court chamber in the Capitol after the man apparently toppled an ornate table on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Madison, Wis. The court chamber was open to the public, but the Supreme Court was not present at the time of the incident. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Wisconsin Capitol Police survey damage inside the state Supreme Court chamber in the Capitol after a man apparently toppled an ornate table on Tuesday in Madison. The court chamber was open to the public, but the Supreme Court was not present at the time of the incident. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Capitol Police have taken a man into custody after he apparently flipped over a huge, ornate table that separates the justices from attorneys in the state Supreme Court chamber.

The incident began Tuesday afternoon when a loud crash echoed throughout the Capitol. Officers sprinted into the Supreme Court chamber to find the table lying on its side, the tabletop broken and separated from its base. The room wasn’t in use.

The man was blocked from sight behind the table as officers subdued him. As he was led away he could be heard saying to officers “This is a cool building, don’t you think?”

Court spokesman Dean Stensberg referred questions to Capitol Police. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Administration did not immediately respond to a request for details.

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