Des Moines officials are cracking down on protests during City Council meetings, saying police will issue citations against people who violate their rules of conduct.
Flashback: The council's first in-person meeting was cut short earlier this month when a group of protesters filled the room, demanding the city deny a nearly $11K police training in Florida proposed for later this summer.
What's happening: Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie says the city is posting its existing rules of conduct in City Hall, and failure to follow them could result in a misdemeanor charge.
- The rules prohibit loud or abusive language, interrupting anyone addressing the council and standing in the front when a meeting is underway.
What he's saying: Cownie said the council needs to be able to get through their agenda without disruption.
- "For those who wish to disrupt and infringe upon the rights of others, there will be consequences," Cownie said in a statement.
The other side: Activists on social media said enforcing the rules criminalizes protesters.
Of note: The council will consider an amendment Monday to no longer allow oral requests for an item to be removed from the consent agenda.
- Activists often used this time to share grievances over police funding.
- Only written requests would be allowed under the amendment.
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