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Police association urges members to sleep at Capitol

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The union representing about 11,000 police officers in Wisconsin is urging its members to camp out at the state Capitol with protesters.

Wisconsin Professional Police Association Executive Director Jim Palmer says the group is asking Gov. Scott Walker to allow protesters to continue their overnight demonstrations.

State officials voted Wednesday to remove protesters from offices and hearing rooms after Saturday's normal business hours. Law enforcement officials in the Capitol also decided on new restrictions on items and sleeping areas that will go into effect Friday at 4 p.m.

Palmer says Wisconsin's law enforcement community opposes Walker's bill that cuts collective bargaining for most state employees.

The Capitol will remain open Friday night.

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