Texas: City Councilman Arrested for Opposing Red Light Cameras

Just prior to these moments here, Mr. Ford started speaking about something the mayor said earlier during the briefing (also open to the public), something about how a council member should act during a meeting.

During the briefing, the mayor talked about how Mr. Ford has been disruptive, and said if there are any other outbursts, he (the mayor) will have the council member removed. So, during the Council Meeting proper, Mr. Ford reiterated what the mayor had said during the briefing. The Mayor responded that Mr. Ford was out of order, then asked the city manager to ask Mr. Ford to leave the chamber.

That’s where this video picks up. To see the council meeting in its entirety, see a link (it seems that this vid was posted quicker than the expected 2-3 days) at http://www.duncanville.com/streaming…. Scroll to right and find the April 7 meeting.

The mayor of Duncanville, Texas had a member of the city council arrested last Tuesday for speaking out against the use of red light cameras during an official meeting. The incident took place during the discussion of whether the city should spend $59,000 to make street repairs. Mayor David Green recognized Councilman Paul Ford to speak on the contract item.

“Thank you,” Ford said. “I want to let you know that earlier this evening during briefing, Mayor Green threatened me that if he told me to stop talking and I didn’t, he’d have me arrested, and I want to let you know what I told Mayor Green.”

Green became outraged and shouted, “Mr Ford, you are out of order. You are not recognized Mr Ford. You need to cease right now.”

While Green yelled, Ford continued his brief statement without stopping.


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