A blaze orange safety vest attracts attention, and even more so when one adds a sign that says "TOURIST" and "DO NOT ARREST" and wears it inside the state Capitol.

A photo from the noontime Solidarity Sing Along inside the state Capitol on Wednesday showed two people with that outfit. Above and below the text is the logo of TravelWisconsin.com, the web site of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

No one, however, apparently told tourism officials, who were surprised to hear their logo had been attached to the sign.

"The vests in the photo are definitely not the work of the Department of Tourism," communications director Lisa Marshall said in an email. "We also didn’t authorize the use of our logo in this capacity."

On Wednesday, police reportedly told people in the Capitol rotunda that they could face arrest for watching the singalong. A Department of Administration spokeswoman said later Wednesday that onlookers would not be arrested.

Were the orange vests and signs a protest of their own or a legitimate effort to avoid arrest? We'll try to identify the people who were wearing them and find out.

Todd D. Milewski has worked for The Capital Times since 2003, covering development, data and sports in addition to working with video and multimedia projects.

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Argyle
Argyle

I know officers from many departments and the Capitol Police are the worst. Sullen, unsmiling and officious. I was at an art fest in Racine last week and the police were pleasant and friendly, even when enforcing parking restrictions. The difference from how the Capitol Police treat Art Fair on the Square participants was night and day.
Perhaps they should all go out on the Beltline and enforce some traffic laws as that seems to be one of their hobbies.

Dode
Dode

I imagine putting up with the crybabies at noon everyday has put a damper on their humor.

River
River

Wait, which logo is this? The one shoddy one with the girl doing a cartwheel?

FBI John Doe Walker
FBI John Doe Walker

If there was a story here, I must have missed it. Apparently "The Cap Times " did too.
How many Grandmas were arrested to today for singing or "observing"? How many Legislators were warned not to observe noon time activities in the Capitol? Here's a NEWS FLASH for the CAP TIMES! That's their WORKPLACE!

Priestess
Priestess

I saw one grandma arrested and one very scary grandpa arrested today...and evidently it takes 4-5 Capitol police to haul the geriatric "trouble makers" downstairs. Thank god these guys have good police training because rabble rousers are trouble.

Dode
Dode

They were probably making sure grandpa didn't trip or lose his teeth. Can you imagine the cries of brutality if that happened?

River
River

This is when a marketing department needs to seize an opportunity. You can't buy this kind of thing... time to get clever.

idunoe
idunoe

Wow, Department of Tourism may show up the DOA here. DOA, 500 citations, no convictions. Dept. of Tourism, two citations for trademark infringement, 2 guilty pleas. Unless the wearers didn't have the copyright symbol on the logo, but the Koch Brothers logo.

Queen123
Queen123

Way to change the subject another Fox News technique.

DaTruth
DaTruth

I guess the layed-off WEAC staffers have to have somewhere to go? At least they are finally generating revenue, instead of "bargaining" it out of my pocket.

Harvey
Harvey

May not have been issued by the State Tourism Department but I bet they wish they thought of that as the new Wisssissippi motto. "Tourist. Do not Arrest." has a ring to it don't you think?

Norby
Norby

It does at that!

G Gordon
G Gordon

A reliable source tells me that the trademark infringers hopped a train to St. Paul last night and have been given political asylum by the governor of Minnesota.

human
human

"Purportedly?" There are videos showing Capitol Police giving just that warning to spectators.

Those signs at the border should say:

Open for business
Closed to everyone else -- don't get caught looking!

Priestess
Priestess

How embarrassing. This state government and its bully Capitol police have become a joke. I went to the Capitol today to actually see the police nonsense for myself. 4 or 5 officers circling and then swooping in to randomly choose someone to haul to the basement in cuffs. 10 minutes later they reappear to do it again. I couldn't figure out how they determined who should be arrested. I had a song book why not me? There were at least 60 people there singing...how do they decide who gets a free pass?

Regardless of whether or not you agree with the Solidarity Singers This behavior by the Capitol police should bother you. We do not live in a police state...well actually we do now.

Yesterday they arrested a visiting veteran for watching - oops that looks bad so today we don't arrest observers. Do they just change the rules daily? Sorry Capitol police no one takes you seriously because you are a joke.

It's the idiots protesting that are the joke, only they don't "Get it"
What they will get are tickets to pay $200.50 each, so keep singing and keep paying.

Harvey
Harvey

I would contest the ticket and ask for a jury trial - which is their right.

Priestess
Priestess

Most if not all of the tickets have been thrown out once they go to court. Why aren't you upset about the wasted tax payer dollars used to process all of these bogus citations? Again, what a joke.

What's to get? They have the right to assemble. Who cares? Don't like it? Don't go.

They (Capitol police) picked a stupid fight and now they look unorganized and ridiculous. Oh yeah, let's arrest the Raging Grannies...they are so menacing. Oh and those singing veterans, retired folks, and clergy with heart conditions...danger is everywhere! Better cuff them they might get away! Ridiculous.

Now thanks to the popo at the Capitol more show up everyday. Dummies.


DJ_X
DJ_X

200.50 is a small price to pay fighting for the rigths of all Americans.

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

Once again demonstrating that the road you are in the middle of is Fascism Freeway.

Argyle
Argyle

"The only thing in the middle of the road is a yellow stripe and a dead armadillo."

Jim Hightower

geo_
geo_

Their whole process allows for the ticketing of only 20-22 people, to do more will require an increase in staffing levels and more room. The question to ask is why do the handcuff and take mug shots of people issued only a ticket. It's nothing more than a power game by two small men, Walker and Erwin.

DJ_X
DJ_X

Genius!

Crow Barr
Crow Barr

It's good for the tourists! Lynne4300 has a "Staff" and her name badge so she doesn't get snagged by the Officers of the GPA (Gov's Protection Agency)

Lynne4300
Lynne4300

More liberal antics, if only they worked that hard at actually helping the homeless in their community.

Exactly. At $200.50 each we can put that money to good use.

human
human

The DOJ is going to pay a lot more than $200.50 to prosecute each of those citations. And in the end, they'll probably lose the cases.

G Gordon
G Gordon

http://host.madison.com/news/local/writers/pat_schneider/occupy-madison-starts-building-an-eco-village-one-tiny-home/article_d1085a28-e25a-11e2-87cd-001a4bcf887a.html

Next talking point.

human
human

I can think of several Sing-Along regulars who are intensely involved in the tiny home building project.

Norby
Norby

Lynne,
Like you of course!

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