Thirteen charged in Aug. 25 Capitol protest

Thirteen charged in Aug. 25 Capitol protest

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Thirteen people who were arrested in August after a Capitol demonstration against the state's new collective bargaining law were formally charged Friday, some with criminal misdemeanors and others with civil ordinance violations.

The group was arrested on Aug. 25 after refusing to leave the Capitol rotunda about 7 p.m., an hour after the building closed. They remained in the rotunda after hundreds of protesters had rallied during the first day that the state began making payroll deductions for pensions and health insurance under the collective bargaining law.

According to criminal complaints against six in the group, charging them with misdemeanor obstruction of police, members of the group asked Capitol Police about 5:45 p.m. if they could walk through the building from State Street to King Street. But the group stopped in the rotunda and refused to leave, the complaints state.

Some members of the group were carried out of the building by police after ignoring repeated public address announcements asking that they leave, the complaints state.

Charged with misdemeanors were: Thi Le, 19; Alexander J. Oberley, 32; Jenna B. Pope, 20; Jeremy J. Ryan, 23; Damon P. Terrell, 20; and Christopher J. Terrell, 23. All are from Madison.

Citations were issued to: Luca K. Clemente, 46; William D. Fetty, 33; David R. Gilbert-Pederson, 20; Neil T. Graupner, 20; Christian R.B. Hansen, 25; Emily K. Hoppe, 22; and Marley J. Peterson, 17. They are all from Madison.

Court appearances were set for Monday morning.

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