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Man arrested in Capitol protest crackdown released on bond

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A man arrested on the first possible felony charge in a crackdown on the State Capitol’s Solidarity Singers was freed on a signature bond Thursday.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne told a judge said he needed more time to consider what type of charge should be filed against 22-year-old Damon Terrell.

A final decision is expected by September 12th, when Terrell is scheduled to return to court.

In the meantime, he was ordered to stay away from the Capitol and its grounds.

The Walker administration recommended charges of felony battery and resisting arrest against Terrell, who fell to the ground after officers confronted him during Monday’s protest sing-along at the Capitol.

Officer James Brooks said he hurt his right finger while arresting Terrell – and he was bruised in several places. Terrell’s attorney said his client merely tripped, and did not intentionally hit anyone while going down.

The case involves the first possible felony resulting from over 300 arrests since late July, when the state began enforcing its policy requiring permits for larger gatherings at the Capitol.