Metro Council gets wild, but business still accomplished

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - It was another wild day at the Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting. During the meeting, two people were escorted out by police. 

Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed took to the podium to speak about Alton Sterling while council members were discussing a proposed reality show which involved riding along with police. While being escorted out of the meeting, it appeared Reed made a verbal threat to one of the council members. 

"You gonna get your day." Reed said. He later walked outside and calmed down. Reed said he plans to meet with his lawyers and sue the city. 

The council also took up the current controversy over how Mayor- President Sharon Weston Broome allegedly issued BRAVE contracts.

Broome's spokesperson took questions about how the contracts were issued and defended how they issued them. One council member voiced concerns over people having an issue with the contracts because of race. 

"It's definite, because they were minority businesses that were getting contracts,” said Erika Green, council member. “I think that became an issue we need to look into it. I've been on the council coming up on a year and a half, and we never looked into any contracts this in depth under that amount under that threshold.”

The council also passed a smoking ban for East Baton Rouge Parish. Effective June 1, 2018, no smoking, e-cigs, hookahs will be allowed in bars or casinos. 

"We are very very excited and appreciative the council members that have worked very hard that there are 3000 bars and casinos that are now going to be protected from second hand smoke," said Raegan Carter, Region 2 manager for Tobacco Free Living Campaign. 

 

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