In response to calls from the protestors to shut down the council meeting, Bacon said, “We’re not going to shut it down,” then left the room with the other council members and city officials except a few police officers.
Shortly before 8 p.m., the protestors began shouting from the back of the room during a Black History Month presentation by Divas With a Cause.
After the women completed their song, the protestors proceeded down to the front around 8 p.m., interrupting a Habitat for Humanity rezoning presentation.
Among the protestors’ demands are for Owens to turn in his weapon, for his promotion to be rescinded and for federal and special investigatons.
At 8:18 p.m., Smyrna police declared the protestors’ gathering “an unlawful assembly” and gave them two minutes to leave the chambers.
The council reconvened at 8:21 p.m.
City officials made no comments about the protestors.