Tensions between police, protesters reach boiling point outside Wisconsin capitol
Protesters vie to get into the Wisconsin state capitol for Thursday's vote.
March 10th, 2011
08:29 PM ET

Tensions between police, protesters reach boiling point outside Wisconsin capitol

Outrage and frustration erupted outside the Wisconsin state capitol as scores of protesters tried to push their way inside the building before today's controversial vote.

Eager to get inside to make their voices heard during the vote, they chanted and screamed "Let Us In" and "Shame" to guards standing at the door. Some pounded on the door's windows, others tried to sneak in through windows with the help of friends inside.

The Capitol building was on total lockdown for almost two hours. We saw two Democratic legislators turned away at the door. Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson was also not allowed inside at first.

The tension escalated quickly and for a moment it felt like the situation was going to erupt into fist-flying brawl between the officers and protesters.

We were caught in the middle of the large swarm trying to barrel its way past police officers barricading one of many doors into the Capitol. A handful of livid protesters tried to rip the door open. One protester screamed in my ear "keep pushing forward, let's get in there." A couple of protesters were restrained by the Capitol police officers and pulled back before the scrum erupted into a more dangerous situation.

A few video cameras captured the melee and several protesters, weary of how the fight would appear in the news media, started chanting "peaceful, peaceful, peaceful."

Eventually the officers were able to push the crowd back and shut the door again and regain control of the heated moment.

Later a few entrances were re-opened into the capitol building but many protesters are still saying that access to the capitol building is being denied.

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  1. banasy

    Access *was* denied.

    March 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. L64

    Ah cesar. And how are you this fine day?

    March 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Obama flag lapel

    hey ...looks like the ghaddafi n.r.a. tea party wins in america. Soon no freedom of speech will be needed because it matters little to the owners of the army utopia they tried to spread worldwide. Lets all immigrate to Britian. Im certain they need our poor,our tired.. and our endless new loyal harems of loyal utopia... Maybe to Russia where the tea party has their own new AYN RAND party girls. LOYALTY IS LIKE A CURRENCY OF WHO HAS DEEPER POCKETS.

    March 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kandi Apple

    This whole thing in Wisconsin is not about money, it's about power. The Reich Governor and Nazi Legislature are under the misconception that Wisconsin is a sovereign State and that they have the right to Govern the People of that State. They even think that Wisconsin is part of a Republic.

    Nay, this sovereignty of States was just a silly notion of greedy old men. What's important is the fair, common welfare of all the American People and who better to define that welfare than a strong, but equitable and caring central Government? Hmmm, Hmmm?

    March 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Obama flag lapel

    Why the tired and poor and the harem people invaded iraq? Easy.. They needed a place to hide like the first australians. The cream always rises to the top where big freaks with weapons push around women and children just like in their caves of big screen lazy TEA t.v. Of america. Garbage in and more garbage out. Cook the data.. Download lehmans banking.. Dj dances of binge data drinking. Clowns.. To not be feared by any real people in this world.

    March 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mmmmm

    Vog Walker is a vampire in disguise!

    March 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. eee!

    Who cares get back to work or the next phrase is your services are no longer needed

    March 11, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @L64: Unsleepy is how I am. Chulupa? Chicken or beef? Finished your grading???

    March 11, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. S.Ruffenach

    There is a special, special place in h311 for the 8ytch walker.

    March 11, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. really

    I think we should have a one party rule like in the middle east or in Wusconsin.

    March 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |