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MSP: Closing Capitol Still An Option

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- Michigan State Police tell 6 News they won't rule out closing the Capitol again if protesters in the future get out of hand.

MSP Inspector Gene Adamczyk says police made the decision to close the Capitol for hours Thursday for safety purposes.

In regards to future protests he says, "If we need to, we will close the building again."

Police made the call to shut down the Capitol after several "Right to Work" protesters were arrested for rushing through troopers. However, a judge's orders forced police to open the doors later in the day after protesters filed a temporary injunction.

"Sometimes there are rules that we may not agree with, but we will serve the public to the best of our ability," says Adamczyk.

The attorney who ordered the injunction Thursday, Jeffrey Donahue of Okemos, says his clients don't believe police had to shut the Capitol down for so long. "Once the police were able to solve those concerns, they should've continued to allow people to access the capitol building and access their free speech rights guaranteed under the constitution."

Adamczyk insists the closing was necessary. "When we see a situation develop where the public is at-risk, we take those actions. Sometimes they're unpopular but those actions have to be taken so we don't have any serious situations happen."

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