For 2nd Week In Row, City Council Meeting Ends In Uproar

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The City Council meeting, for the second week in a row, ended in an uproar.

Some members of the audience, holding stick figures of Charles Toney, began shouting, "No Justice. No Peace."

The council quickly adjourned and the council members walked off the podium.

They did not get to the part of the meeting where citizens are allowed to speak.

Last week frequent speaker Marie Mott was told she had used up her allotment of two appearances in a month. When she continued to talk, a motion to adjourn was quickly called.

Near the end of this week's meeting, Councilman Erskine Oglesby said members of the community were "incensed" by a video showing a county detective kicking and hitting a handcuffed Toney.

Detective Blake Kilpatrick said he took the actions because Toney would not cooperate with a task force trying to serve felony warrants on him and after he bit him, kicked him and spat on him.

District Attorney Neal Pinkston has referred the investigation to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Councilman Oglesby said, "This has incensed us all, and it has exploded."

He said, "This is unacceptable behavior and we are appalled. We will not tolerate this kind of behavior."


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