When is it appropriate for anyone in attendance at a council meeting to over run that council meeting? NEVER! Dearborn Heights Chief of Police did not get the memo. Meetings are run by the council chair, and residents have the right to come to the podium and ask a question. Bob Hadous did just that at the 4-12-2011 city council meeting.
Councilman Baron is the Chair and Councilwoman Badalow is the time-keeper. Anyone who wants to talk to the council has three (3) minutes to do that. Councilwoman Badalow starts the time when who ever is at the podium starts talking. If an answer is given to the resident the time is stopped, if someone on the council has a question for the person talking the time is stopped. If for any reason the person addressing the council is interrupted their time is stopped. This is done so the 3 minutes are not used up by others asking or answering questions. Well the Chief decided he did not like what Mr. Hadous was asking the chief start telling him to sit down your time is up. Mr. Hadous told the Chief that he was not running the meeting that the Chair was and the Chair would be the one to tell him when his time was up. He also said that the Chief was out-of-order and he was. The Chief stood up adjusted his gun belt according to several people who were there and said “I am the Chief of police.” He has no authority in the council chambers and he does not have the right to walk towards anyone talking at the podium and asking questions. There is no reason to make a move towards someone in the council chambers except for the purpose of intimidating them.
The Chief of Police is an authority figure and most of us would be quite when he would tell us to during a meeting. When he said your three minutes are up most of us would have just sat down. Not everyone who talks at the council meeting knows that the Chief of Police the Mayor or any of the council members has the right to tell anyone to sit down. What we all need to remember is that he (the chief) has no authority in the council chambers gun or no gun. He can not tell anyone of us what to do in that chamber. That is the job of the council chair who should have told the Chief to sit down he should have said what Mr. Hadous said “you are out-of-order Chief Gavin.” Some who were in the chamber are asking just what was the chief going to do if he made it over to Mr. Hadous? Was he going to arrest Mr Hadous for not listening to him when he told him his three minutes were up? I hope this is the last time that intimidation is a part of the City Council Meetings.
This will be swept away just like every other thing is in this city never to be talked about or dealt with. Wrong doing is never addressed in the city. When the wrong is being done by the administration it is met with silence.