Formal Charges Filed Against 13 Protestors

10/1/11 – Formal charges were filed in Madison Friday against 13 people who were arrested during an August demonstration at the Capitol. Those people were demonstrating against Wisconsin’s new collective bargaining law. At the time they refused to leave the Capitol rotunda at about 7 p.m., an hour after the building had officially closed. Hundreds of demonstrators had rallied August 25th, the first day the state began making payroll deductions for pensions and health insurance under the new law. Six people in the group were charged with obstruction of police. They were accused of asking Capitol police if they could walk through the building from State Street to King Street. The group stopped in the rotunda instead, and refused to leave. Some had to be carried out. Six of the people were charged with misdemeanors. The rest got citations.