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Chico city leaders react to council meeting disruption

City leaders in Chico are reacting after a group of community members crashed Chico's city council meeting, forcing the Mayor to shutdown the meeting.

Posted: Apr 21, 2021 4:45 PM
Updated: Apr 21, 2021 5:46 PM

CHICO, Calif. - City leaders in Chico are reacting after a group of community members crashed Chico's city council meeting, forcing the Mayor to shutdown the meeting.

When asked if he had any concerns for his safety, councilmember Sean Morgan responded, “I was concerned that if somebody got too close to me and was screaming obscenities, I would not know the difference if there was a physical threat there or not, so I'm gonna go with yes,” said councilmember, Sean Morgan.

Morgan says some of the people who disrupted Tuesday night’s council meeting, followed him outside.

“All civility, completely gone, if someone followed me to my car into parking lot, with demonstrated incivility like that, the only way I can respond to that is, that is a threat.”

Action News Now asked City manager, Mark Orme, what the consequences are, if any.

“It depends upon the circumstances, everything is unique upon itself, if it’s determined it’s an unruly gathering, the sergeant would make that determination. It was one of those things where it was unexpected,” said Orme.

"Do I want our police officers arresting people because they're making a stand about mask mandate, or this that, another thing, no because as you know, our police officers have better things to do," added Morgan. 

Orme says this would have been the first time in months that they allowed people to come inside the city chambers one by one for public comment but that did not happen because of the disruption.

He also says the council plans to open up meetings in-person at 50% capacity in May but masks will be required.

"There have to procedures, there have to be rules in place, there has to be protocols that all the public respects and can adhere to in order to have a meeting that is productive," said Orme. 

Morgan added, "This is ridiculous, anyone who thought this was a way to motivate us to do what they wanted is pretty illogical."

The city council meeting was moved to this Monday, April 26th. 

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