Earlier this summer, the Walker administration apparently grew tired of the protests and ordered Capitol police to start arresting people. The crackdown began after a federal judge ruled that groups with more than 20 participants must get a permit.
Since July 24, more than 300 people have been arrested, booked and ticketed. Edwards contends he doesn’t need a permit to sing in the Capitol and that the group is merely exercising its free speech rights.
“We won’t get a permit because the First Amendment is our permit,” he says.
But Walker disagrees.
“If you want to sing in the Capitol you can,” he says. “If you want to protest in the Capitol you can. The only requirement is you have to get a permit if it involves a certain amount of people.”