Protesters Converge on State Capitol

Protestors gathered in heavy rain Thursday outside Michigan’s Capitol building in Lansing.  It was organized by a conservativer activist group that has sued Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her Stay Home,Stay Safe executive order intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Several similar protests have been held since the beginning of April

The Republican-led Legislature was not in session, and the Capitol was closed to the public. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel had  warned that protesters who disobeyed social distancing guidelines could be arrested, but no one was arrested Thursday.

A court is scheduled to hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit brought by Republican lawmakers that challenges the governor’s power to extend an emergency declaration without their input

A protester carries an American flag while wearing a gas mask during a rally at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, May 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)