They arrest -- against the mayor's objections who was the only authority yet the police ignored him -- a woman who had the floor at a town council meeting. One city council member didn't like what she had to say, so he had the cops haul her off.
A few days later, the town council had an emergency meeting, which was illegal according to mayor Ed Foster, who arrived at the town hall but refused to enter the building because it was an illegal meeting. Then, they locked the doors, another illegal act. Yet an attorney, Martin Brannan, advised the council to hold the meeting in the first place, as well as lock the doors.
Among other things, the council decided town hall meetings would be:
Council meetings would be rescheduled for 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.That seems inconvenient, shutting out those who have to be at work at that time during a weekday. Other similar changes to meetings were approved as well.
The mayor says the meeting was illegal (not to mention the other things the council and police chief have done; Foster has gone to the FBI, the state and the feds to help with what's going on in Quartzsite), here's the statute, according to the article:
According to ARS 38-431.2, paragraphs C through J, legislative bodies, like town councils, must post notices of public meetings, including the agenda, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Paragraph D says that, in the event of an emergency, meetings may be held "on such notice as is appropriate to the emergency."The police and council members on their side are insisting the meeting wasn't an emergency or martial law, and that Jones was arrested because technically she didn't have the floor since she was "speaking to the audience" and not the council when she was arrested.
Obviously this is a story to keep a close watch on.