CHICO, Calif.—A Chico man is charged with disturbing a public meeting after his arrest during Tuesday evening City Council Meeting.
Chico Mayor Sean Morgan asked the Sergeant at Arms to remove 32 year old Mark Herrera after he reportedly became overly aggressive when addressing the Council about the group Chico First.
One City Council member says Herrera continually broke procedures for speaking to the Council.
Each speaker is given three minutes.
While Herrera did not exceed the time limit, the Mayor said he overstepped the guidelines of protocol.
Herrera believes his right to free speech was violated.
Chico Police say once removed from the proceedings, Herrera was expected to be cited and released.
however during booking he was found to be intoxicated.
Police say for his own safety he was taken to Butte County Jail and later released.
Herrera unsuccessfully ran for City Council in 2010, and served four years on the Parks & Playground Commission.
In 2014 Herrera chained himself to a tree to protest its removal for a roundabout.
Herrera is scheduled to be in court on June 6th.
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