A tussle during the usually peaceful Capitol singalong protests resulted in a felony battery charge against a protester.
The charge is the most severe since labor protests began in February of 2011.
The incident occurred about midway through the protest when Christopher J. Terrell sat down and was approached by police. While they were in the process of cuffing him his brother Damon Terrell was pinned by officers in a wrestling match that lasted about 25 seconds.
In the video imbedded in the article, you can see the altercation starting at approximately 35 seconds. Here’s a direct link to the video. Since we don’t have all the particulars, it might be the use of force was entirely justified. I’ll let the viewers decide.
Update, 8/28, 7:15PM Pacific: Apparently, you can’t even observe people singing in the Capitol without being arrested.
Police had been targeting only those who were actively singing or participating in the protests on the Capitol’s ground level. But this week they started warning observers on the upper floors that they could be arrested as well.
One of those warned was Democratic state Rep. Sondy Pope, of Middleton. She told the Madison weekly newspaper Isthmus that she was threatened with arrest by police on Tuesday. She did not immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press seeking comment on Wednesday.
“I have a duty to observe what is happening to my constituents who are expressing their discontent,” Pope told Isthmus. “How can I be arrested for that?”
Or maybe it’s just ticketed.  I’ll check back tomorrow to update what the Capitol police decide.