Man arrested for disrupting Montpelier City Council meeting

Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 11:43 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2022 at 6:04 AM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Police arrested a man at a Montpelier City Council meeting for refusing to leave.

Earlier this week, Montpelier resident Steve Whitaker opened his public comments by telling the council he would not adhere to the two-minute speaking limit, citing open meeting laws.

After nearly four minutes, he was asked to leave and got argumentative. Mayor Anne Watson asked the police to remove him.

Montpelier Police Chief Brian Peete told WCAX News that Whitaker has a reputation for being disruptive during council meetings.

“He was arrested and he was charged for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and violations of conditions of release, so there were previous incidents,” Peete said.

As for Vermont’s open meeting law, governing bodies are allowed to make reasonable guidelines for operating, such as limiting public comment.

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