Raleigh, NC, United States (4E) – A Raleigh City Council meeting was disrupted Tuesday night by protestors over a recent fatal police shooting in North Carolina’s capital city.
Many residents expressed their anger over the April 20 fatal shooting of Soheil Antonio Mojarrad by Raleigh Police Senior Officer W. B. Edwards.
The officer wore a body camera, though it wasn’t turned on at the time of the incident, despite department policy requiring its use in traffic stops and arrests.
After a police accountability taskforce member spoke and a statement was read on behalf of Mojarrad’s family and friends, audience member Stephanie Lormand stood up and railed against the City Council.
“Time is up,” she said via a written statement. “Time is up for dialogue, for reports, for work sessions, for studies, feedback, public hearings. Time has been up.”
Mayor Pro Tem Corey Branch gaveled her down for being out of order and some council members left their seats, though others remained.
Speakers at the meeting called for measures including body cameras that turn on automatically when police officers draw their weapons, mandatory mental health crisis training and a police oversight board with subpoena power.
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