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Spokeswoman: Police won't arrest protest watchers

Published On: Aug 07 2013 01:26:38 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 07 2013 04:32:41 PM CDT

Jessica Arp

A group gathered in the rotunda July 24 were asked to disperse by a Capitol police strike team. A sign posted on the first floor by the Wisconsin State Capitol Police declared the event unlawful but did not specify the type of event.

MADISON, Wis. -

A spokeswoman for Gov. Scott Walker's administration says police will not issue tickets to people observing protests in the state Capitol, even though they have been warned they are subject to arrest.

Department of Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis said in an email Wednesday that, "Observers will not receive citations."

She does not explain why police this week, including Wednesday, have been warning observers that they are subject to arrest.

Walker's administration wants protesters to get a permit for the daily sing along, but participants say they don't need one to exercise their free speech rights.

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