Michigan State Police prepare for Tuesday's right-to-work protest at Capitol

Michigan police hope for peaceful right-to-work protests Tuesday at state Capitol


LANSING, Mich. – The stage is set at the Capitol in Lansing and Michigan State Police are ready to take action as they wait for Tuesday's planned protests against right-to-work.

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"We have increased state police presence due to lessons learned in Ohio and Wisconsin," said MSP officer Gene Adamczyk. "This is a very emotional topic."

On Monday, it was all quiet at the Capitol. Registered nurses with the Michigan Nursing Association stood silent on the Capitol steps as they protested right-to-work legislation.

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It was a tame demonstration compared to what took place here last week when more than 2,500 people converged on the Capitol. Up to 10,000 demonstrators are expected on Tuesday.

"We are told this could be a large situation, so we have troopers from different areas to protect the public," said Adamczyk.

Over the weekend, right-to-work opponents gathered at UAW Local 600 in Dearborn for civil disobedience training to prepare for Tuesday's protest. Police say they hope all demonstrations are peaceful.

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"We would rather people come here, voice their opinion and go home to protest another day," said Adamczyk.

Some businesses near the Capitol building are weighing in on the debate with signs in their windows. One sandwich shop is staying out of it and preparing to serve people on both sides of the debate.

"We spent today getting all ready, staffing up, getting ready for tomorrow," said Ted Robinson, a business owner nearby.