Three arrested for speaking at Sunbright city meeting

Three arrested for speaking at Sunbright city meeting

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When a former City of Sunbright recorder spoke up during the meeting, she was put in handcuffs and taken to jail. When a former City of Sunbright recorder spoke up during the meeting, she was put in handcuffs and taken to jail.
Even though the meetings are open to the public, Chief Allen Dagley says you have to be on the agenda to speak. Even though the meetings are open to the public, Chief Allen Dagley says you have to be on the agenda to speak.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

SUNBRIGHT (WATE) - Three people are taken out of a city council meeting in handcuffs after they were told they would not be allowed to speak.

It happened at Thursday night's meeting in Sunbright.

Just a few hours later, cell phone video taken by Chuck Blaes was posted to Facebook and it went viral.

Before the meeting, everyone inside was told they would not be allowed to speak unless they were listed on the agenda, and warned they could be arrested if they spoke.

When a former City of Sunbright recorder spoke up during the meeting, she was put in handcuffs and taken to jail.

"When the mayor came into the room, before he called the meeting to order, I stood up and said, 'Mayor, please explain to me again why I cannot sit at the council table.' At that point, he looked at the chief of police, the chief of police stood up and made the announcement that if anyone spoke at the meeting, they would be arrested," explained Sandra Bailey.

Even though the meetings are open to the public, Chief Allen Dagley says you have to be on the agenda to speak.

"Now if you're not on the agenda for the city council meeting that was on last night, you can't just interrupt and disrupt the meeting, regardless of whether you want to be heard or not," Chief Dagley explained.

Sandra Spurling used to be Sunbright's City Recorder and was the first to get arrested last night.

She spoke up after a motion was made for a new alderman to become a signatory on the city's accounts.

"Alderman Supeck seconded the motion and he asked for discussion, and because I have been resigned from the city for better than a year and a half, I simply asked Mayor Reagan, I said, 'Mayor Reagan, could you please remove my name,' and he pounded his little hammer, and I said 'all I'm going to ask is that you remove my name from all your bank accounts' and at that time, Police Chief Dagley said 'you're under arrest.'"

Spurling's niece was next, getting handcuffed right after her aunt.

Spurling's sister, Joann Henry, was on the agenda to speak, but was still arrested.

Henry says she was handled so roughly she had to go to the doctor for bruises and numbness in her fingers.

"I said, 'you've taken my family to jail, you might as well take me too.' He fished out his handcuffs and went to put them on me and started to hurt me, and when he started to hurt me, I got a little bit belligerent," Henry explained.

Sunbright police have their own video of the meeting, which they plan to show at court next week.

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