If it's a twelve person council, what is the procedure to break a tie on a vote?
I would like to preface this by saying that I am an AC WHarton supporter.
I was at Tom Lee Park on Saturday night. My husband and I decided to leave before the fireworks display because we were afraid for our and our children's safety. I'm afraid I have to contradict your police contact told you about officers patrolling the area. What you called "youthful marauders" (a gross mischaracterization of what appeared to be a gang), were shooting roman candles at waste level directly into the crowd. We left after the group passed us and our children were nearly trampled by other spectators who were running to get out of the way. On our way out, we saw three bicycle cops heading in the opposite direction of your "youthful marauders" at a leisurely pace. There were no more police between the park and Beale Street. I firmly believe that there were not enough officers in Tom Lee Park, and that if there had been an organized police presence, this would never have happened. I will not be attending the fireworks downtown ever again, regardless of who wins this election.
By Hannah Sayle, Chris Herrington, Chris Shaw, Louis Goggans, Greg Akers, Bruce VanWyngarden, Jackson Baker and John Branston
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