Community Relations: Disruptive Citizens at Meetings of the City Council

Examples of behavior:

  • Disagreements that deteriorate into personal attacks leading to government that is unable to deal with pressing issues.
  • Some political activists and even some elected officials may approach local politics and issues as a way to confirm their importance and power. Televised meetings can also provoke this kind of behavior.
  • Bullying behavior is sometimes used as a political tool. Those that have not had power or a voice in the past may become overly aggressive and can’t let things go.
  • Open forum or public comment sections of meeting agendas are used for “grandstanding” on issues.

All of these behaviors can discourage others from becoming involved in local government.

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