Former Killeen City Council candidate Melissa Brown says she was arrested after the mayor accused her of being disruptive and not following protocol.
The scuffle and arrest was all caught on her phone.
Brown says she attends every Killeen City Council meeting and records them to keep the community informed.
“If you’re not involved and you’re not educated, then that’s the way the Council is able to run over us,” said Brown.
During the Budget Workshop meeting on Tuesday night, Brown says Council members voted to allow another community member to speak. But when she wanted to make her voice heard, they denied her – saying she was being disruptive.
“And as soon as he started saying no, the officer came up behind me and told me it wasn’t a public hearing and gave me a warning. And then when I asked if the Council was going to take a vote on it, the officer grabbed my arm to tell me I was removed from the meeting,” said Brown.
Brown says the officer grabbed her with force – bruising her arm and wrists during the arrest.
Both the mayor and the city officials would not comment on the matter to FOX44, but referred us to their meeting protocols for their reasoning behind the ordeal, stating: “An officer may remove an individual for disrupting a meeting.”
“I think its time for the Council to start allowing the citizens to have a voice at every meeting regardless if it’s a public meeting or not,” said Brown.
Brown says this incident won’t stop her.
“I’m still going to be out there. I’m still going to be active. I’m not going to let this deter me at all,” said Brown.
Former Killeen City Council candidate Melissa Brown is arrested during a meeting.
An officer arrested Brown after Mayor Jose Segarra accused her of being disruptive and not following protocol.
Brown says Segarra never told her to leave, and instead she was grabbed by the police officer at the meeting who arrested her as she tried to grab her belongings.
Brown caught the entire incident on her phone and says she attends every City Council meeting and records them to make sure the community knows what’s going on. During this Budget Workshop meeting, Brown says Council members voted to allow another community member to speak
But when she wanted to make her voice heard, they denied her – saying she was being disruptive. Before she could grab her things, the officer was walking her out of the meeting.
Both Segarra and City Public Information Officer Hilary Shine would not comment, but referred FOX44 to their meeting protocols for their reasoning behind the ordeal.