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Statement from DOA on Thursday's citations


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Department of Administration, which oversees Capitol Police, issued the following statement regarding citations being handed out at Thursday's sing-along in the Capitol rotunda:

"The Capitol Police are sworn officers who will continue to uphold the law, which has also been upheld by a federal judge.  If the noontime singers would get a permit, then they could continue their activities without any arrests or citations.  They are the only group being cited as they are the only group who has not applied for a permit for their regularly scheduled events at the Capitol rotunda. The question to ask is why they refuse to apply for a permit."

A federal court judge ruled earlier this month that the Department of Administration(DOA) could require permits for gatherings of more than 20 people at the Capitol.

The Solidarity Singers/protestors have been regularly gathering with more than 20 people since at least last week. Capitol Police officers started arresting and citing the protestors Wednesday.  

DOA says it has issued 381 permits in 2013.


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