The capitol rotunda in Wisconsin had been peaceful for some time until out of the blue during this summer, citizens who had been showing up daily for singing protests were suddenly ordered to stop, or face arrest.
And so the daily arrests began. On Monday, the arrests were particularly brutal -- although this certainly isn't the first time -- and Walker's palace guards have definitely been escalating their aggressive stance against the musical protests.
The arrests in the video above, of Christopher J. Terrell, 25, and his brother Damon Terrell, 22, were especially violent and according to reports may lead to felony charges for Damon.
The Journal Sentinel reports:
"From video made by protesters of the arrest, it was not clear what started the altercation. The footage, taken by another frequent protester and arrestee, Jeremy Ryan, shows Damon Terrell backing away from an officer before the altercation.
Officers turned Terrell over and one of them pinned the protester to the ground with his knee on the back of his neck and handcuffed him before carrying him out of the rotunda.
Stephanie Marquis, speaking for the Department of Administration, said in a statement, "Both individuals refused to leave and actively resisted officers when they were placed under arrest.... When officers began to arrest Damon Terrell, he began to walk away and actively resisted arrest."
She said one officer suffered an unspecified injury but declined to disclose it, citing medical privacy concerns.
In addition to the tentative charge of battery of a police officer — a felony — Damon Terrell is facing misdemeanor resisting arrest charges. His brother is being tentatively charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and assembling without a permit."
The felony charge being recommended to prosecutors is the most severe since the Wisconsin labor protests began in February 2011, and since police stepped up arrests during the noon protests one month ago.