By: Diane Benjamin
Tuesday night Uptown Galleries knew protestors were gathering outside. I didn’t count the group but at least 20 people lined both sides of the doors as people left.
I saw NO police.
Previous debates did have officers present. Why would the Town of Normal allow this group to gather outside the debate and not have any police presence? Chris Koos was present and needs to explain why.
The people causing the trouble are now claiming it was a peaceful protest. They are the ones who shot video of the protest including mayor Renner dancing with them. The video posted online isn’t complete. They decided not to include the attack on Bruce Meeks’ truck.
I obtained the 911 call proving these people were not peaceful. Metcom answered my FOIA the SAME DAY I filed it. It also proves Chris Koos saw what was happening and did nothing to stop the blocking of a truck and banging on the windows. A picture of the truck was included in this story from yesterday: https://blnnews.com/2017/03/29/satan-tari/
Make sure you listen to the entire audio, the first half doesn’t have the entire story. I had to tape the audio from my cell phone in order to upload it. It’s only 54 seconds long.