Mar 5, 2013
Questions where asked when Michigan State Police unleashed two platoons of troopers last December to take drastic measures, including arresting and spraying protesters and locking down the Capitol building for 4 1/2 hours during the contentious Right-to-Work debate.
Some of them have been partially answered this week, but the explanation is a weak one at best. As reported by the Lansing State Journal, documents filed in Ingham County Circuit Court reveal that State Police Captain Kevin McGaffigan ordered the lockdown based on communications with authorities in Wisconsin about their experience with protests at the Madison Capitol building. Claiming the measures where for the “safety” of the protesters and the the Capitol building itself. McGaffigan said the following:
“Over the last year, the MSP has been in contact with authorities in the state of Wisconsin and discussed the protests that occurred at its Capitol building resulting in millions of dollars of property damage,”
Attorney General Bill Schuette admits that the Michigan State Police did not consult with his office or with lawmakers when reaching their unilateral decision to shut-out democracy. Schuette went on to say that the action was not a violation of the Open Meetings Act, an opinion that was supported by Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette the day after the protests.
Say what they will, it still sounds like the actions of a fascist government to this writer.
Amy Kerr Hardin from Democracy Tree