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State's attorney will not press charges in Capitol lockdown case

Statehouse on lockdown on July 6, 2017. (Photo by Jenn Sullivan) 

Officials have decided to not press charges in the Capitol lockdown case.

Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser said test results show the powder was table salt.

The Secretary of State's Office released the following statement in regards to the State's Attorney's decision:

“We respect and appreciate the work of and decision by Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser.
Secretary of State Capitol Police and other law enforcement acted appropriately and professionally. We must practice due caution and take reports of perceived threats seriously. To do otherwise could potentially jeopardize the health and safety of the visiting public and employees. In this day and age, public safety is paramount.”

The incident happened on July 6 after reports came in that a woman allegedly threw some sort of powdered substance in areas around the building. This caused the entire building to shelter in place. Hazmat was called in to collect the substance.

We will have more details on the case on Newschannel 20 at 5 p.m.

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