City commissioners fear for safety after chaotic meeting

(Still image from city of Portland video of City Council meeting, Wednesday, March 22, 2017)

City Commissioner Nick Fish is prohibiting his staff from attending City Council meetings for the near future after Wednesday’s sanctuary city vote testimony devolved into chaos.

A group supporting Quanice Hayes was at the meeting upset with the Multnomah County grand jury’s decision to clear a Portland police officer in the shooting death of the 17-year-old last month.

Those protesters chanted vulgarities at Mayor Ted Wheeler and the City Council. Commissioner Dan Saltzman was visibly upset by the shouting.

“It came really close yesterday to me worrying about my personal safety,” he said. “We’re trying to conduct the city’s business, and people come to testify and they’re not allowed to testify, because we’re being disrupted by just plain, rude, boorish behavior.”

Wheeler tweeted Thursday night that protesters were outside his house again, flipping off him, his wife, their child and making threats.

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