TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — Raymond Schwab complied Monday night with state official’s requirement he tear down his tent on the north side of the Statehouse
Schwab is in his 15th day protesting what he says is unfair treatment of his family by the Kansas Department of Children and Families. He pitched a tent on the North steps Monday morning and it’s that tent that’s an issue.
The Department of Administration told 13 NEWS late Monday it granted Schwab a 30-day permit for his demonstration, but rules state ‘no camping or tents’. They asked him around 10 a.m. Monday to remove the structure and by night, that’s what he did.
Schwab said Capitol Police lined up around 6 p.m. inside the Statehouse. One officer came forward and told Schwab if he did not remove the tent, they would be forced to take action.
About an hour later, Schwab said a team of supporters helped him dismantle the structure, which he called an information booth, because he said he was too weak to do it himself after fifteen days without food.
The Administration told 13 NEWS Schwab can still use the north steps for the 30 days he is allotted if he complies with the stated policies, which Schwab says he has every intention to do.