For the second time in just a matter of weeks, protest interrupted the Des Moines City Council meeting. Monday night, protesters were once again vocal about police practices in Iowa’s capital city. This time it led to an arrest.
After protests a few weeks ago, the Des Moines council made a rule change. That changed mandated that the public make written comments and input on agenda items, instead of allowing verbal comments.
Monday’s agenda included a proposal to hire an outside firm to train the Des Moines PD in de-escalating situations. Mayor Frank Cownie asked the public to leave after they demanded to verbalize their thoughts on the topic.
Protesters had also called for the firing of the Des Moines Police Chief and City Manager. The council voted unanimously against that.
Tuesday, the Des Moines PD announced that they arrested a man named John Noble stemming from the protests. He is charged with interference with official acts and trespassing.