What began as a peaceful protest this morning became testy this afternoon, prompting Michigan State Police officers to don their riot gear to control an increasingly angry crowd.
Tear gas was sprayed at least once. And Captain Harold Love of the Michigan State Police confirmed police used pepper spray on at least one demonstrator.
He said police were positioned around the Capitol trying to keep people away from the building when one demonstrator grabbed a trooper and tried to pull her into the crowd. The trooper beside her reacted with pepper spray and the man let go of the trooper, Love said. He was not arrested.
Love said two other people were arrested for trying to force their way into the nearby Romney building, where Gov. Rick Snyder has offices. He couldn't say whether they had been charged.