Wisconsin lawmaker tackled as he tries to enter Capitol after hours

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MADISON — A state lawmaker was tackled by police as he tried to enter the state Capitol when it was closed to the public on Thursday night.

Democratic state Rep. Nick Milroy of South Range in northwestern Wisconsin was trying to get into the Capitol to retrieve some clothes from his office. Video from WKOW-TV shows him struggling with officers at an entrance before he was tackled.

A Dane County judge ruled Thursday that protesters could no longer spend the night to show their opposition to Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to eliminate nearly all collective bargaining rights for most public workers.

Milroy was one of four Democratic Assembly members who moved their desks outside the Capitol Tuesday after access for the public was restricted.