Council limits meeting attendance after prior protests

Anyone who didn't have their name on the list was sent to the Portland Building

People address the Portland City Council over the issue of the police contract, October 6, 2016 (KOIN)
People address the Portland City Council over the issue of the police contract, October 6, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland City Council meeting got underway on Thursday afternoon with people only being let in if their name was on a list.

Anyone who didn’t have their name on the list was sent to the Portland Building, which operated as an overflow location.

This all comes after protesters interrupted Wednesday’s meeting. Don’t Shoot PDX stopped the meeting where the Portland City Council was scheduled to discuss a collective bargaining agreement for the PPB.

Prior to the meeting, Hales called for public support for the collective bargaining agreement.

During the meeting, more than 6 people signed up to testify about a bridge inspection crane. Suspecting that some might use this as a loophole to talk about other topics, Mayor Hales warned those that signed up they could only talk about the crane.

A man with a police watch group who was supposed to speak about the bridge inspection crane got off topic, upset others couldn’t come into the meeting chambers. Hales ruled him out of order, and before leaving, the man said, “This is no longer a democracy.”

Another man testifying about the bridge crane also took some jabs at the city council as he spoke. Hales threatened to have the man arrested, and he left cursing. Hales limited testimony to two minutes after the man left.

After their Wednesday meeting was interrupted by protesters, the city council's Thursday meeting go underway. October 6, 2016, (KOIN)
After their Wednesday meeting was interrupted by protesters, the city council’s Thursday meeting go underway. October 6, 2016, (KOIN)