LANSING, Mich. (Kathleen Grey, Detroit Free Press) - Police arrested several protesters and sprayed mace into the crowd when they tried to rush the Senate floor, said Michigan State Police Inspector Gene Adamczyk.
"When several of the individuals rushed the troopers, they used chemical munitions to disperse the crowd," he said. "It would be a lot worse if someone gets hurt and I failed to act."
The police, who said the building was at capacity, blocked the entrance to the Capitol, leaving several hundred people outside waiting to get inside.
Adamczyk said later the building wasn't at capacity, but that the protesters were so heavily concentrated in a few areas, including jam packed outside the Senate, that they didn't want to add to that crush of people.