MARQUETTE - Eight people were arrested for trespassing on state property when they refused to leave the Northern Michigan Office of Governor Rick Snyder upon closing time on Wednesday.
According to the Michigan State Police, 10 individuals entered the office at 3 p.m. and requested to speak with a governor's representative. They met with the director of the Northern Michigan Office who talked with them and answered their questions.
The director also informed the group that the office would be closing at 5 p.m.
Police said that at 5:07 p.m., the individuals were informed by office staff that the office was closed they were politely asked to leave two times. When they did not comply, they were informed by MSP personnel that they would be arrested for trespassing if they stayed.
Two of the individuals complied with the directive and left the office; the remaining eight were then arrested by MSP troopers for trespassing on state property.
Those arrested were issued appearance citations and released on personal recognizance bonds.
An appearance date was set for Monday, Dec. 17 in the 96th District Court of Marquette. Names of those arrested will not be released until arraignment.
MSP reports the protesters were cooperative with the governor's office staff and police, and there were no issues throughout the incident.