By Motecuzoma Sanchez
February 7, 2017
Stockton, CA – Tonight at the city council meeting, community members, representatives of Stockton Black Lives Matters, and family members who have lost loved ones to Stockton PD came out to address Michael Tubbs as mayor, believing in the hope preached by him. They came to seek answers and camera footage.
Their disillusion and disappointment quickly turned to anger and disgust as mayor Tubbs abruptly stood up after a series of passionate speakers, announced a break and left the chambers to a back room as unrest unsued. He was the only member of the council to do so.
Upon returning, he closed public comments further bewildering the stunned audience. He moved the agenda to the next item, a report from Moss Adams Analyst on Risk Assessment who gave an opening speech in near tears about how the commotion caused him to reflect on how he was, “so glad my family lives in a safe area”.
Attempting to disregard the audience by moving on with a business as usual attitude, the crowd responded with angry chants of “No justice! No peace!” Mayor Tubbs rather than address the crowd decided to call police in to escort people out from the chambers regardless of if they were chanting or not. They left even angrier than when they arrived and vowed to return stronger.
At the end of the meeting during council comments, councilmember Christina Fugazi called for open dialogue with the community in a hope to resolve these long standing issues. Mayor Tubbs barely mentioned the commotion or issues, instead announcing he would be speaking at an engagement in Sacramento with state senators later this week.
He was escorted after the meeting to his vehicle by over a dozen police officers armed with batons at the ready, included some in riot gear.