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Man faces first possible felony stemming from Capitol protest arrest

Solidarity singers in the state capitol.
Solidarity singers in the state capitol.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A 22-year-old man is facing the first possible felony charge stemming from a series of arrests over the refusal by anti-Walker singers to get State Capitol gathering permits.

Video taken by a protestor shows that 25-year-old Christopher Terrell had sat down, and was being handcuffed by Capitol Police when his brother Damon was pinned by officers in a brief scuffle.

The video showed Damon backed away from an officer before the scuffle – but it’s not clear what caused it in the first place.

Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis said both men refused to leave, and actively resisted arrest.

Damon Terrell was arrested on possible charges of felony battery to a police officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest. His brother Christopher faces a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

The Solidarity Singers have sung anti-Walker songs almost daily since the massive Capitol protests of 2011.

Police never enforced permit requirements for the group until mid-July, after Federal Judge William Conley upheld most of the administration’s requirement to get permits for events in the statehouse.

There have been close to 300 arrests since then.