Capitol police set aside ban for protesters


Capitol police have lifted a year-long ban for the three protesters who unfurled mammoth banners in the statehouse condemning lawmakers for refusing to budge on Medicaid expansion.

Lt. Eric Hatcher, who oversees the Capitol Police detail, said Thursday that he was out of the office Wednesday when the protests occurred and wished the situation had been handled differently. He declined to elaborate.

Hatcher, however, said the rules still had been broken.

"They broke the rules and I believe they knew they broke the rules on top of it," Hatcher said. "There is a proper way to do things and . . .


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