MSP: Ax-wielding man removed from Lansing protests, but no citations or arrests made

Man with ax at Lansing protest
Posted at 12:11 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 19:38:05-04

(WXYZ) — Protests at the Michigan capitol against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order have all but wrapped for the day, with no arrests or citations made, according to Michigan State Police.

Photo gallery: Protestors gather for 'Judgment Day' rally against stay-home order

At one point, several hundred protesters marched in the rain holding signs, some holding guns and some wearing masks.

Although no arrests were made, an ax was confiscated from a man and a scuffle between two demonstrators broke out.

MSP said there were no injuries during the fight. Officers interviewed the parties involved. The victim was identified as a 60-year-old man, police said.

The protest comes two weeks after Michigan made national headlines, when armed protesters gathered inside the state capitol.

Unlike two weeks ago, the legislature is not in session, so protestors – armed or not – didn’t have access to inside the capitol.

"I don't want to see people congregate, period," said the governor. "We know that contributes the spread. But, if people are going to come down and congregate, do it in a responsible way."

Michigan State Police are reminding protesters that while Michigan is an open carry state those seen brandishing a gun, will face consequences.

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