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Protester released from jail, barred from state capitol

MADISON (WKOW) -- A state capitol protester whose scuffle with several police officers was captured on video was released from the Dane County jail, with no decision on a tentative, felony battery charge, and with a ban on being at the capitol.

Nearly one hundred people, some with signs of protest seen often during capitol activism, packed a court gallery as Damon Terrell appeared in court for a bail hearing, after three days in jail.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne told a court commissioner he's had too little time to review state capitol police reports and video on the incident, but said a decision on any charges would be made by Sept. 12.

Ozanne asked that a condition of Terrell's bail be a ban on Terrell being at the state capitol.

Court Commissioner Ann Sayles allowed Terrell's bail to be a signature bond, with the state capitol ban.

Terrell's attorney, Christopher Kuehn told 27 News his review of videotape of the Monday incident indicates Terrell did not attack the officer.

A probable cause affidavit states Capitol Police Officer James Brooks suffered bruises, and was forced to use a splint on a finger as the result of injuries from his confrontation with Terrell.

"I could feel resistive tension and Damon still pulling harder," Brooks wrote in describing Terrell's resistance as Brooks attempted to arrest him during a protest, before the arrest concluded with Terrell being pinned on the ground. "I did not consent to Damon injuring me."

As he was released from jail Thursday afternoon, Terrell thanked a swarm of supporters for drawing attention to his arrest and jailing.

"This pressure is why the (expletive) I'm out of here," Terrell told supporters.

Terrell's arrest on a tentative felony charge is one of the most serious arrests, since protests to Governor Walker's public employee collective bargaining limits and other policies began two years ago.

READ the court's Probably Cause Affidavit here.



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