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Police arresting singers again at Capitol

Police arresting singers again at Capitol

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Police are arresting singers gathered inside the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda without the required permit for the fourth week day out of the past five.

Capitol Police began leading people away in hand cuffs shortly after the singing lambasting Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker began at noon on Tuesday. There were no arrests on Monday, as the usual singers performed outside. Another group of conservatives obtained a permit to sing in the rotunda.

Police issued more than 80 tickets over three days last week to the singers, mostly for not having a permit.

The singers argue they don't need a permit to exercise their free speech rights. But Walker's administration says the permit requirement is constitutional and a permit would be granted if the singers asked for one.

 

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