City council holds rescheduled meeting

Posted at: 05/08/2014 10:23 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Thursday night's city council meeting was much calmer than Monday night's, when protestors took over the meeting.

Officials didn't take any chances -- they had extra security -- and strict regulations for the meeting.

Council had rules in place, and for the most part they were followed. Attendees were allowed two minutes each to speak specifically about items on the ballot.

The first speaker, however, said nothing at all. He projected text, saying the rules infringed on citizens' rights. Councilors told him several times to speak. When he didn't, security threw him out of the meeting.

Protestors who were at Monday's meeting said that was about making a statement, but Thursday they were ready to weigh in on changes that everyone can work on together.

"We made a point Monday night that the people are in charge and it's gonna take the people in this community to fix the problem we have here," Kenneth Ellis said. "The problem that we have, the DOJ says it's systemic. It's not just the police department, it's all the checks and balances that go along with it."

Councilors allowed comment on two proposals: One to make the chief of police an elected position, the other to let council weigh in on it. In public comment, speakers generally supported letting the people vote on it. They also called for the resignation of other city leaders.