Heated Exchange at GJ City Council

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Some Grand Junction City Council members shared a heated exchange on Monday in regards to community members and protesters appearing at a council meeting earlier this month.

On Wednesday, June 3rd, hundreds of peaceful protesters marched to city hall in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement, and to support justice in the police-involved death of George Floyd.

Community members addressed the council directly about their concerns of racism and justice happening in our community.

Although city council meetings are meant to be open for public viewing and comment, Councilmember Phillip Pe’a, Mayor Duke Wortmann, and Councilwoman Phyllis Norris all voiced how uncomfortable they were in that situation.

Councilwoman Anna Stout was accused of not communicating with the council about who was attending the meeting.

See a bit of the exchange above, and the full 10-minute conversation here.

The exchange begins just after the 03:01:40 mark, when Councilman Pe’a begins speaking.

KREX 5 has requested comment from some of the city council members involved in the heated exchange and will have an expanded story on Thursday.

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