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Man arrested at Americans with Disabilities event

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MT. MORRIS, MI (WNEM) -

A recent demonstration outside the capital in Lansing landed a Mt. Morris man in hot water.

Joe Harcz, who is blind, said he was arrested when he tried to cross a barricade into an Americans with Disabilities event nearly two weeks ago. He's also accused of shoving two police officers.

"I was not only handcuffed, but dragged in front of this event," Harcz said.

Harcz was part of a group of disabled demonstrators rallying against infringements on their rights.

But Harcz and the others were prevented from going inside the function.

"This is very much like holding a Martin Luther King Day celebration, and barring African Americans or people associated with the NAACP or Black Lives Matter from their very own celebration of the 1964 Civil Rights Act," Harcz said.

Michigan State Police said in a statement that for safety reasons, barricades were in place during the event to keep the demonstrators separated for safety reasons.

Harcz said he feels their actions were illegal.

"For suppression of many of our first amendment rights, which included the right to peacefully assemble on public property, the right to disseminate literature, the right to have stickers, and the right to even participate in this event," Harcz said.

The fight's not over for Harcz yet. He is set to be arraigned Friday in Lansing and plans to fight the charges.

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