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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 02:19 PM

Michigan police pepper-spray, arrest protesters opposing ‘right to work’ law

Michigan State Police say they were forced to use pepper spray and arrest at least four protesters who were opposing right to work legislation at the Michigan Capitol on Thursday.

Michigan State Police Inspector Gene Adamczyk told the Detroit Free Press that a number of protesters tried to rush the state Senate floor.

“When several of the individuals rushed the troopers, they used chemical munitions to disperse the crowd,” Adamczyk said. “It would be a lot worse if someone gets hurt and I failed to act.”

WILX reported that the Capitol building had been locked and at least four protesters were arrested during the incident. WILX reporter Brian Johnson estimated that there were around 500 protesters in the building.

Video posted by Michigan Senate Democrats showed Republican state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker angrily gaveling the Senate session into recess as the crowd became rowdy.

“Additionally, Republicans have called in countless State Police officers again today to guard their offices and question the public as they enter the Capitol to protest the Republican agenda,” the Democrats wrote. “Frankly, if you have to bring in a massive police presence in order to conduct business at the State Capitol, it might be time for Republicans to rethink what they’re doing.”

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Reply Michigan police pepper-spray, arrest protesters opposing ‘right to work’ law (Original post)
Playinghardball Dec 2012 OP
PETRUS Dec 2012 #1
Walk away Dec 2012 #2
Ikonoklast Dec 2012 #7
Scuba Dec 2012 #3
FightForMichigan Dec 2012 #4
slampoet Dec 2012 #5
FightForMichigan Dec 2012 #6
pacalo Dec 2012 #9
FightForMichigan Dec 2012 #10
John2 Dec 2012 #11
Earth_First Dec 2012 #12
byeya Dec 2012 #8
Stainless Dec 2012 #13

Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 02:35 PM

1. Thanks for posting this. nt

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 02:35 PM

2. "So, NBC just "confirmed" that Syria has loaded chem weapons on missiles."

That is the post right above this one. I know they are unrelated and it is comparing apples and oranges but...it just struck me as sad and ironic.

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Response to Walk away (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:22 PM

7. Only differences are those of scale and proportion.

Same principles involved, power using force against the powerless in order to remain in power.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:02 PM

3. Thank you Michigan protesters! Solidarity!!!

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:59 PM

4. Sad day

Right to work passes in the House 58-52 with not a single committee hearing or a single word of testimony, and after the Speaker of the House, Jase Bolger, and others shut the capitol to citizens and kept protesters outside stating structural concerns for the building - even as school groups were allowed inside.

I feel sick.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:10 PM

5. Looks like we need to eliminate the POLICE UNION first

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Response to slampoet (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:16 PM

6. ha ha

actually, the police and fire union are still protected - those were the ony two unions exempted from this bill.

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Response to FightForMichigan (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:26 PM

9. But their salaries come from those who will be affected by the "right to work for less" bill.

Policemen & firemen will feel the pinch, too, eventually. Why don't they get this?

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Response to pacalo (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:42 PM

10. it's not the police officers' fault

all the blame, 100 percent of it, is squarely on the Republicans.

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Response to FightForMichigan (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 08:09 AM

11. I don't agree,

 

the police are just as guilty, carrying out the republicans orders. They should have disobeyed and joined the protestors. And I totally disagree with their tactics. It is no different than what is happening in Egypt. That Governor is following the orders of people like the Koch brothers. And people do have the power to throw out an oppressive government by force if that is the last resort. I think the Governor and Republican Legislature need to compromise and negotiate with the people. The definition is a revolt.

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Response to slampoet (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 08:14 AM

12. here, here!

it's becoming a 'which side are you on' situation; which side of history do you want to be on?

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:24 PM

8. The police need to wise up and stop acting like hired thugs for management.

 

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 04:45 PM

13. Henry Ford Hated Unions

The Ford Service Division was a security force formed by Henry Ford and led by a man named Harry Bennett. Bennett was an uneducated thug and a bully as were most of the people he recruited. There were incidents in the 1930's where protesters were brutally assaulted and some were shot and killed by Bennett's hired thugs with the help of the local police who looked the other way. Unions were established to protect workers from the abusive working conditions of greedy robber barons. I haven't owned a Ford vehicle since I learned that Henry Ford was a bloody fascist, nor will I ever again own one.

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