Small protest opens Mpls. City Council meeting

Michelle Gross kicked out of Council meeting

MINNEAPOLIS - Friday's meeting of the Minneapolis City Council got off to a slightly bumpy start thanks to three protesters who were escorted out by police after interrupting the proceedings.

The meeting had just started when activist Michelle Gross took to the podium and began speaking loudly about issues between Minneapolis Police and the city's black community. City Council President Barb Johnson repeatedly asked Gross to sit down as it was not time for public comment but Gross, founder of the group Communities United Against Police Brutality, refused to stop speaking. Johnson eventually asked police officers staffing the meeting to remove Gross from chambers. "We will be heard... you will be held accountable for what you have done to our community," Gross shouted as she was escorted out.

Immediately after Gross was removed from the room another man stood at the podium and began speaking over the council's business. He was escorted out, as was another woman who took the podium after him.

Activists from the Minneapolis Chapter of the NAACP and Black Lives Matter had hinted that they would disrupt the City Council with a major presence, but 30 minutes into the meeting there was no sign of a major demonstration.


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