The Stockton City Council meeting Tuesday turned into a shouting match, and police in riot gear cleared 50 protesters from City Hall. It’s the second time this month that protesters have disrupted the meeting.
Protesters upset over police shootings chanted throughout the council session, holding Black Lives Matter signs.
Local NAACP President Bobby Bivens asked the council to bring in outside agencies, such as the FBI.
“Investigate these shootings to make sure all of us understand what has taken place,” said Bivens.
But then some started arguing, more chanting, and Mayor Michael Tubbs called for a 5-minute recess.
But the recess lasted 45 minutes as police escorted chanting protesters out of the building.
When the meeting resumed, Mayor Tubbs had this to say.
“I didn’t sign up to run for mayor so I could have armed guards at council meetings. It’s ridiculous, but also points to a need for us as citizens to hold each other accountable,” he said.
Tubbs also said he would continue to have protesters thrown out until the message gets understood.