Poor People’s Campaign Rallies At Capitol After Being Denied Entry As Group

Posted at 3:32 PM, Jun 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-11 15:32:33-04

FRANKFORT, Ky (LEX 18) — The Poor People’s Campaign rallied at the Capitol in Frankfort Monday after last week, when they say security told them they could not go inside as a group.

The group claims other groups were then allowed in together.

The campaign was there Monday, June 4, to protest Medicaid work requirements and other issues when they say that they were told they could only enter the Capitol building two at a time.

"It was something that I have never seen before. I would deem the police as a little aggressive," Tanya Fogle with the Poor People’s Campaign told LEX 18. "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."

They claim that the same security change rule was not being enforced with other groups. The Poor People’s Campaign then said they decided to do their own test. Poor People’s Campaign group members 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. 

On Monday, June 11, they gathered at the Capitol to rally and ask why they were denied access as a group.  

They brought out a poster that looks like the doors of the Capitol with caution tape on it. People there chanted "we have the right to be here". They also chanted "Whose house? Our house!"

They were denied entrance into the Capitol as a group and were again told they could enter in groups of two.

The Poor People’s Campaign told LEX 18 they’re not mad at the officers because the officers are just following orders.