Michigan politicians wear bulletproof vests as armed protesters storm Capitol to protest stay-at-home orders

Danielle Zoellner
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Senator Dayna Polehanki shared on Thursday some colleagues, like Senator Sylvia Santana (pictured), are wearing bulletproof vests to work as armed protesters storm the Michigan State Capitol: Senator Dayna Polehanki
Senator Dayna Polehanki shared on Thursday some colleagues, like Senator Sylvia Santana (pictured), are wearing bulletproof vests to work as armed protesters storm the Michigan State Capitol: Senator Dayna Polehanki

Michigan politicians have decided to don bulletproof vests when going to work as armed protesters defy lockdown orders.

State Senator Dayna Polehanki, a Democrat, revealed the protective decision some of her colleagues were making when sharing a picture of protesters on Twitter on Thursday.

In the picture, multiple men in the Michigan State Capitol building were armed with guns.

She wrote: "Directly above me, men with rifles yelling at us. Some of my colleagues who own bullet proof vests are wearing them. I have never appreciated our Sergeants-at-Arms more than today."

When contacted by The Independent, the senator shared a picture of her colleague Senator Sylvia Santana, a Democrat, wearing a bulletproof vest and face mask while working.

The extra protective measure comes as hundreds of protesters have gathered inside and outside of the Capitol to protest stay-at-home measures Governor Gretchen Whitmer put in place in March.

After over a month of staying at home, protesters are pressing for Michigan politicians to lift the restrictions, and some have carried guns with them while addressing their points.

Video footage captured inside the Capitol showed protesters raising guns into the air as they shouted chants. Most of them were not wearing face coverings or practising social distancing.