Protesters Denied Entry Into Capitol

Posted at 3:24 PM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 15:24:05-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Protesters with the Poor People’s Campaign want to know why they were denied access to the Capitol on Monday. The group said that state police told them they could not go inside together because of a security change. The group said they are not buying that story. 

On Monday, the group chanted, "Let us in. Let us in. Let us in."

"It was something that I have never seen before. I would deem the police as a little aggressive," said Tanya Fogle with the Poor People’s Campaign tri-chair. 

Fogle and other leaders were at the front of the crowd where she said KSP told them, as a group, they couldn’t go inside. When they asked why, the group was told that this was a part of a new security change.

"Only two could enter into the building at a time. They could view the Rotunda and things inside the Capitol. Then they had to come out and then two others could enter," said Fogle.

The group noticed that the same rule was not being enforced on others, so they said that they did their own test. They told some of their people to take off their campaign shirts and pretend that they were just regular visitors. They did, and they said that those people were allowed to enter in larger groups with no issues. 

"They were given even a brochure. They were told where they could find the dolls," said Fogle.

Since the group is about peaceful change, they went outside and prayer. Now, two lawmakers asked the attorney general to look into whether the new security change is legal.