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Man arrested on Capitol grounds says he did nothing wrong

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

A 62-year-old blind activist who was arrested at a rally and demonstration on the Michigan Capitol grounds says he didn't do anything wrong.

The Detroit Free Press reports Paul Joseph (Joe) Harcz, who faces a felony charge of resisting and obstructing a police officer, is due in court Friday in Lansing for arraignment. He says his rights were violated when he was handcuffed and dragged away.

The Mount Morris man says he "went limp in a civil disobedience posture" at the Americans with Disabilities Act rally and demonstration on Sept. 17.

Authorities earlier said that the arrest was made for intentionally crossing a barricade and shoving two security officers. Police say numerous warnings were given before the arrest. State police had set up barricades to separate different protest groups.

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