Eight arrested in protests

The Michigan State Police arrested eight people for trespassing on state property Wednesday.  The eight people were arrested for refusing to leave Governor Rick Snyder’s Office.

At 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, ten people entered Governor Snyder’s office and requested to speak with a Governor’s representative.  They met with the director of Governor Snyder’s office and answered the individuals’ questions.  The director told the group that the office would be closed at 5 p.m.

After the office had closed, the individuals were asked politely to leave two times.  They refused, and the individuals were told by police that they would be arrested for trespassing.  Two individuals complied, and left the office.  Eight of the remaining individuals were arrested by state police troopers.

Those arrested were issued appearance citations and released on personal recognizance bonds.  They will appear in Marquette District Court on Monday, December 17.

The names of those arrested will not be released until arraignment.

The Michigan State Police report that the protesters were cooperative with Governor’s Office staff and police, and that there were no other issues during the incident.