On Tuesday, Antioch Mayor Sean Wright alleges he was harassed by a group of protesters who showed up as his office who were banging on his door and yelling at him.
The incident happened within an hour of the Tuesday night city council meeting. Wright took the incident to social media where he wrote:
“I am being harassed right now where I work. Protesters are banging on my door and yelling at the top of their lungs. I can’t even get my notes out of my car. I am afraid. This is not how democracy should work. If you want to change a policy, you don’t threaten and intimidate people. Nor do you hold them hostage. This is wrong,” stated Wright.
During his Mayoral comments during the meeting, Wright further highlighted he had to call Antioch Police because protesters had come into his building and were yelling and pounding on his doors and windows for more than an hour.
“I am trying to get ready for the council meeting when a male came up and asked for a chiropractor, I said I was closed and could see other people hiding. I feel like if I opened my door, they would have pushed their way in and taken over my office like they did during the school board meeting,” explained wright. “At that point, the pounding and yelling began I called Antioch police.”
Wright admits he was “rattled” by the incident, but glad there was a peaceful outcome.
During public comments, many spoke about how these people simply wanted to “talk” with the mayor and that he was exaggerating the incident.
According to Antioch Police Chief Tammany Brooks, officers were dispatched to a report of a group of people creating a disturbance at the mayor’s chiropractic office. Brooks said police made contact with 12 individuals and they agreed to leave the area and not to return. No further action was taken Tuesday night.
In recent weeks, protesters have used similar tactics to disrupt two Antioch School Board meetings while seeking to intimidate Board Trustees Diane Gibson-Gray and Mary Rocha. They also showed up to Mayor Pro Tem Joy Motts home during a protest with a blow horn attempting to intimidate Motts to sway her to vote against funding school resource officers.
Currently, protesters who are calling themselves the #6Forced2Strike are holding a hunger strike while camping out in front of the Antioch Police Department demanding that Antioch Police officer Michael Mellone be fired while also calling for the removal of Steve Aiello as president of the Antioch Police Officers Association. They are also calling for police reform with a seat at the table during the upcoming Bridging the Gap community round table sessions.
During Tuesday nights city council meetings, many spoke about holding a Special City Council meeting to discuss the demands of the protesters.