Sobering Day for Democracy in Newark

Citizens rush council members as chaos erupts at Newark City Hall meeting

But when Speight was escorted by police to be sworn in, a group of residents, led by SEIU Local 617 President Rahaman Muhammad, stormed the dais and appeared to lunge toward Speight and her grade-school-age son.

Police restrained the group as they toppled a podium and residents were caught in the rush. When Muhammad would not give way, an officer doused him with pepper spray, along with residents, reporters and at least one other officer.

“This truly was an out-of-body experience,” said Sharif. “The mayor, who goes all around the country to talk about democracy … literally in the back of the room, hiding in the shadows.”

Author: Ken Walker

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