Seven barbers are ticketed for cutting hair outside the Michigan Capitol during 'Operation Haircut' protests(16 Pics)

Police ticketed seven people for cutting hair during a protest outside the Michigan Capitol, where about a dozen barbers and hair stylists defied stay-at-home orders to give free hair cuts Wednesday.
At one point, about 300 people attended the demonstration that was organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition to oppose the measures imposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to curb the spread of the coronavirus. More than 5,000 residents have died from COVID-19 complications in the state.
Seven barbers or hairdressers were cited for disorderly conduct - engaging in an illegal occupation or business - after being warned by state police. The cases were referred to the state attorney general. The penalty is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine, or both.
Whitmer's stay-home order requires the closure of nonessential businesses and places of public accommodation such as salons.
Seven barbers or hairdressers were cited for disorderly conduct - engaging in an illegal occupation or business - after being warned by Michigan state police
Seven barbers or hairdressers were cited for disorderly conduct - engaging in an illegal occupation or business - after being warned by Michigan state police
Brandi Bates gives Mike Greenbauer a free haircut at the State Capitol during a rally in Lansing. The cases were referred to the state attorney general. The penalty is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine, or both
Brandi Bates gives Mike Greenbauer a free haircut at the State Capitol during a rally in Lansing. The cases were referred to the state attorney general. The penalty is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine, or both
Kirin wore a mask for part of the protests
Carolyn Kirin wears curlers in her hair at a rally giving free haircuts at the State Capitol
Carolyn Kirin wears curlers in her hair at a rally giving free haircuts at the State Capitol
Jody Hebberd, left, gives a free haircut to Reid Scott, as he reads the paper on the steps of the State Capitol as Karl Manke, right, cuts the hair of Parker Shonts. Gov. Whitmer's stay-home order requires the closure of nonessential businesses and places of public accommodation such as salons
Jody Hebberd, left, gives a free haircut to Reid Scott, as he reads the paper on the steps of the State Capitol as Karl Manke, right, cuts the hair of Parker Shonts. Gov. Whitmer's stay-home order requires the closure of nonessential businesses and places of public accommodation such as salons

Angela Rigas, of Caledonia in western Michigan, said she was ticketed after refusing three times to stop cutting hair.
'We're all here for the same reason today - to show the governor that our rights do not come from her and that we need to open Michigan. People need to get back to work,' she said.
One hairdresser draped patrons in an American flag cape. Organizers urged the crowd to contribute to a GoFundMe page to help cover fines and legal costs for the barbers. Attendees, many not wearing masks or keeping 6 feet apart, jeered troopers when they issued warnings or tickets.

At one point, about 300 people attended the demonstration that was organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition to oppose the measures
 At one point, about 300 people attended the demonstration that was organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition to oppose the measures
Londa Gatt (C) gets a ticket from the Michigan State Police. Organizers urged the crowd to contribute to a GoFundMe page to help cover fines and legal costs for the barbers
Londa Gatt (C) gets a ticket from the Michigan State Police. Organizers urged the crowd to contribute to a GoFundMe page to help cover fines and legal costs for the barbers
Annette Rafacz gives Manny Orovcoa a free haircut while draping him in an cape that is an American Flag
Annette Rafacz gives Manny Orovcoa a free haircut while draping him in an cape that is an American Flag 
'I will not stand down,' said Karl Manke, a 77-year-old barber who cut hair at the demonstration. His license was suspended by regulators last week after he reopened his shop in Owosso
 'I will not stand down,' said Karl Manke, a 77-year-old barber who cut hair at the demonstration. His license was suspended by regulators last week after he reopened his shop in Owosso
A Michigan State Police trooper talks with hair stylist Jody Hebberd while giving free haircuts
 A Michigan State Police trooper talks with hair stylist Jody Hebberd while giving free haircuts
'I will not stand down,' said Karl Manke, a 77-year-old barber who cut hair at the demonstration. His license was suspended by regulators last week after he reopened his shop in Owosso.
Whitmer, whose handling of the pandemic has been supported in public polling, is gradually lifting restrictions so more business sectors can partly or fully reopen. 
The stay-home order is in effect at least through May 28. She said this week it is very unlikely that salons and barbershops will be allowed to reopen next week, saying people cannot socially distance for a haircut.
During a visit to Midland to address flooding that has forced thousands to evacuate, Whitmer told reporters Wednesday that she understands the protesters' frustration.
'But the more people moving about and flouting the law, the harder it's going to be turn the dial and take the next step. ... In the midst of a global pandemic, what I ask is that people do so in a way that does not expose themselves or others to a prolonged public health crisis,' she said. 
Attendees, many not wearing masks or keeping 6 feet apart, jeered troopers when they issued warnings or tickets
Attendees, many not wearing masks or keeping 6 feet apart, jeered troopers when they issued warnings or tickets
Karl Manke cuts hair as demonstrators hold signs on the steps of the captiol
Karl Manke cuts hair as demonstrators hold signs on the steps of the captiol 
Michigan State Police hands out citations to barbers during 'Operation Haircut'
Michigan State Police hands out citations to barbers during 'Operation Haircut'
Annette Rafacz gives Manny Orovcoa a free haircut at the State Capitol during the 'Operation Haircut' rally
Annette Rafacz gives Manny Orovcoa a free haircut at the State Capitol during the 'Operation Haircut' rally
People held a banner that read 'Freedom!' as they demonstrated on the steps
People held a banner that read 'Freedom!' as they demonstrated on the steps 
Protesters carry a Trump 2020 flag at the State Capitol during the Michigan rally
Protesters carry a Trump 2020 flag at the State Capitol during the Michigan rally
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