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Police Pepper Protestors At Capitol

Michigan State Police officers have pepper sprayed protestors at the Capitol.

The head of the MSP post at the Capitol says officers were forced to use a "chemical munition" after a few people tried to rush at officers.

The officers were not hurt and injuries do not appear to be serious.

Several people have been taken into custody.

It's part of a day-long battle over the "Right To Work" - a bill that Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan Republicans want to pass in the next few days.

The bill would give workers at union shops the option to join a union and pay dues instead of making it mandatory.

Unions and union members are obviously not enthusiastic about the prospect and have flooded the Capitol with people who are protesting and lobbying their lawmakers to vote against the proposal.

The Senate could take up the bill as early as this afternoon.

The Michigan House, which has scheduled sessions on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, will likely take it up later.

But a member of the House says lawmakers have been locked in - and are being forced to remain on the floor.

 

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