Today there was joy as usual at the Solidarity Sing Along but also tension and conflict. The usual outdoor sing was paired with an unusual indoor sing where officers delayed conducting their LRAD warning to disperse until around 12:35PM after which they stared at singers from the shadows of the hallway just beyond the rotunda’s interior columns.
I left the sing thinking that nobody got arrested only to learn later that 1 man had been.
*2 shoves at photographer Leslie Amsterdam by Officer Syphard
* [Note: Since I wrote this I got several notes that my estimates on the inside sing are too high and it’s closer to 25 people on ground floor. I’ll review my video in the car – I’m on a road trip today.] About 65 assembled on the rotunda’s ground floor and 50-60 observers surrounded the first floor railing.
*About 200 assembled singers outside on the lawn
*1 display of the UNINTIMIDATED letters marched through the Capitol building
*1 mysterious permit for “Solidarity Singerz” was filed with the WI Department of Administration according to an AP story.
“The permit granted Friday takes effect for three days the week of Sept. 9, according to a copy released by the Department of Administration. The Capitol Police declined to issue it for two days that week, saying other groups already had permission to use the rotunda then.
The applicant, Tom Kasper of Madison, had requested a permit that would be in effect “every weekday until notice.” It’s unclear if he requested the permit on his own behalf or for a larger group of people, including those participating in the Solidarity Singalong.”
– from Man gets permit for noon singing at the Capitol
The permit has Solidarity Sing Along regulars perplexed, but one longtime attendee of sing alongs is a neighbor to Tom Kasper (and on very friendly terms) and hopes to soon discuss with him what’s up with the permit.
Rick Evans was arrested just after he left the Capitol building. In a video recorded by Mike Crute of the radio show Devil’s Advocate, his wife, Marsha, says that he was cited and arrested by 5 officers after he erased “un” from “unlawful” on a dry erase board that police set in the middle of the rotunda floor. Here’s the Devil’s Advocate facebook video.
Shoves by Syphard:
This is again on video from Devil’s Advocate’s facebook wall. Notice that the shorter officer points to Leslie and then Officer Syphard body checks her. I’ve been told that Officer Syphard has been increasingly rough and particularly toward Leslie – I presume because she is taking compelling photos of arrests in the Capitol building and somebody does not like that. Oh – and probably also because Officer Syphard needs help with his ‘issues’.
Footnote on my tech troubles:
I have great video from today but my media computer has some issues that prevent me from getting that to you, most important being it won’t turn on. This is after I had some tech problems with an audio codec. Arghhhh.
Hopefully somebody else’s video of the majestic UNINTIMIDATED letters marching throughout the Capitol building will soon emerge and I can add it later. 🙂