Investigation launched into security breach at Michigan Capitol building

Video shows group sneaking into Lansing Capitol through 1st-floor window, bypassing security

Published On: Dec 07 2012 06:40:29 PM EST
Lansing Capitol security breach
LANSING, Mich. -

Video shot Thursday at the Michigan Capitol building in Lansing shows a group of people climbing through a first-floor window and closing it behind them.

The video is now part of an internal investigation into a security lapse at the Capitol on the same day the building was on lockdown after being flooded by demonstrators.

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Michigan State Police responsible for security at the Capitol had blocked the entrance. However, the group somehow found a way inside.

"The concerns are that somebody is going to gain entry with a weapon -- some type of mace, a gun, a knife, whatever -- and that they have bad intentions," said former FBI agent and security expert Ned Timmons.

Local 4 showed the video to Timmons.

"Once they don't enter through the metal detectors you got a concern. What is their intent? What is their motive?" he said.

Timmons said beefing up security often comes down to budget.

"Obviously, economically, we can't put all these troopers out there everyday when nothing happens. So they responded and they handled the situation. I think they had some valid concerns for the security of the people inside and also the structural integrity of that building," he said.