Riverside, California Woman Arrested for Being Long-Winded
The Riverside, California City Council isn’t kidding when it advises guest speakers at its meetings that they are only allowed to speak for a maximum of three minutes.
City resident Karen Wright, a 60-year old woman who came to the council chambers to speak on the topic of sludge hauling services the Council had under consideration, was charged with the disruption of a public meeting when she refused to keep her comments under the 180 second time limit.
“Can you see my wrists? You’re pulling and jerking on my wrists!” Wright says in the video, while police forcibly handcuff her while she is on her knees. “I cannot get up without putting my hands down!”
Even after police escorted Wright back to her seat, she continued to address council members.
It was then that an officer handcuffed the woman, who immediately began yelling that she could not stand up being handcuffed to the floor and that the cuffs were cutting into her wrists.
A video of the proceedings shows Wright yelling that she cannot get up off the floor. No word if she plans on pursuing legal action against the police or the City Council.