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RTW Debate: The rest of the story on why MSP troops "stormed" the MI Senate floor

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Michigan State POlice outside the Capitol Rotunda Senate chamber as the Right to Work vote is passed.  (Photo: WJBK Fox 2 News) Michigan State POlice outside the Capitol Rotunda Senate chamber as the Right to Work vote is passed. (Photo: WJBK Fox 2 News)
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

In this business nobody ever pleases everyone.  Just ask the Michigan State Police.  

It showed up in force to keep the peace as 12,000 demonstrators showed up to protest Right to Work legislation.  The MSP objective:  Michigan's capitol would not be a Wisconsin where demonstrators in Madison did $400,000 worth of damage.  The tab here was $1,000 but might go as high as $6,000.

The Senate GOP leader suggests that some positive comments were warranted for the 150 troopers.

In fact the governor did that personally on Wednesday as he thanked the troopers he could find for doing a good job.

The same congratulatory observations were not offered by the state Democratic Party chair.  Mark Brewer thought it was way too much and designed to intimidate the protestors.

The two sides will agree to disagree, but the incident that got  Democrats up in arms was little noticed by the media.  In the midst of a nasty verbal exchange between both parties over a procedural disagreement, suddenly out of the blue, came two guys in blue.

There, in the center aisle, moving cautiously toward the scrum stood two state troopers.  And unprecedented action.

Rep. Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) says, "State troopers stormed onto the floor."

Democratic Rep. Jon Switalski (Warren) saw "10 or 12 troopers" who turned the floor into a "militarized zone.  It was terrifying."

The new House Minority Leader Rep. Tim Greimel (D-Oakland County)  got into the face of the MSP Lt. for sending them in.

Democrats wanted to know if the GOP Speaker, or the GOP House Clerk or even the GOP governor ordered them onto the floor?

Turns out, according to two sources, "It was a mistake."

Here's the inside skinny.

An officer was returning from the bathroom and moved across the back of the chambers when some unidentified person shouted, "You may be needed up there" pointing to the shouting in the front of the chamber.

So "up there" they went and were immediately told their services were not required.  After all the house has it's own quasi law enforcement squad of Sergeant at Arms who routinely witness these kind of scrums.  No big deal.

The troopers, unfamiliar with the "culture of the house" just dove in, only to be told to back off.

They did and end of story.

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