On Tuesday, Jeremy Ryan from Defending Wisconsin PAC and Valerie Walasek, a disabled veteran, were exercising their Constitutionally-protected right to free speech by holding a sign on the first floor of the Wisconsin State Capitol when they were asked to take down their sign by an officer from the State Capitol police. After refusing the remove the sign, citing their first amendment rights, the officer physically removed the sign and issued them citations.
Here’s some video from Tuesday’s incident:
On Wednesday, a group of 10-12 people visited the Capitol with signs, and despite exercising their first amendment rights to free speech in much the same manner as Jeremy Ryan and Valeria Walasek the day before, none were issued citations. Here’s some video of that second group, which includes Jeremy Ryan, Carol of blue cheddar, and Ben Masel of Madison protesting inside the Capitol.