The following article by Eric Best was published and updated on September 8, 2016 in the Southwest Journal.
Park Board Moves Forward ith Wirth Sports Center Despite Union Concern
Several protestors were removed from the contentious meeting.
Police removed 10 people from a Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board meeting Wednesday night for disrupting commissioners.
Of the 10 people, four were cited, including three for disorderly conduct for disturbing a meeting and one for obstructing the legal process or arrest, according to a park spokeswoman.
The removals come after months of disruptions from protestors, who have at times called for the resignations of board leaders and have been critical of the board’s hiring practices concerning people of color. This summer meetings have regularly gone into recess while audience members chant or interrupt commissioners.
President Anita Tabb asked park police to remove four people for yelling while she read rules regarding the board’s open time period, which went on for over an hour even though speakers were limited to one minute at the dais.
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