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76 Year Old Veteran Arrested for Asking Public Official to Speak Louder
Overholt, who is part of a group of residents opposed to the U.S. Nitrogen plant building a pipeline to dump water in a local river, told WATE that he thought the group would have a chance to speak. "The board met up at the front of the room at a big table, had us roped off, and they were talking so low nobody could hear," he said. Overholt says he only asked the mayor to speak up. Read more about this story from CNN affiliate WATE. CNN has not received comment from the mayor’s office and has not been able to verify all of the claims in this report.
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Mayor Broyles and the board are already facing a lawsuit from citizens for violating the Open Meetings Law. No microphones were used, though clearly available in the room and at least 4 members of the board were sitting with backs to the public viewing area.
When Mr. Overholt asked them to please speak up the Mayor ordered his removal and subsequent arrest. He was forced to walk to the jail despite having health problems and was also charged for resisting arrest when he needed to rest.
Citizens are outraged and calling for justice for this veteran.
More video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdt4j2XbNgs