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County Councilman faces criticism for calling protesters ‘uneducated voters’ during council meeting

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - At the end of the Allen County Council Meeting Thursday, a question was asked regarding the downtown protests and some of the council members responses are sparking controversy.

"Should we make a statement, or should we keep our mouths shut?"

Larry Brown, District Four Council Member

The meeting, which was live streamed on social media and on our website, is starting to be shared in reference to discussion two hours and 40 minutes in.

It happened as the credits rolled, but before the meeting was adjourned. Brown, frustrated with letters from constituents threatening to vote current council members from office, responded with this strong statement:

"As uneducated as they are, obviously, on local government, they do vote. And, unfortunately, they also breed. But um, they do vote, and they're gonna be an uneducated voter."

Larry Brown, District Four Council Member

It was after that statement, that the meeting quickly adjourned.

Leading up to it, County Councilman Brown wrapped up the meeting and thanked the council members for their unity, but shared his concern that the protests had quote "underlying motivation". He went on to say he wanted to make sure that "our ranks don't get infiltrated".

Councilwoman Shiela Curry Campbell, also the president of the local NAACP Chapter, urged members to support the young demonstrators in any way they could as county leadership.

"These kids are frustrated. And they are using their anger not in the best way, but once again we must support them - say what you want to say, I'll say what I want to say too. I want you to understand these kids are out there for a reason. They are angry - I'm not going to argue about it, they are angry about the criminal justice system and the disparity. That is why they are out there."

Councilwoman Shiela Curry Campbell

After that statement, Campbell requested to end the meeting saying they other members wouldn't be seeing eye-to-eye today.

That is when Brown brought up his original point, about constituents threatening to remove council members who did not work with them, out of office.

We have reached out to members of Allen County on Brown's Statements, but we are awaiting their responses.

Stay with your Fort Wayne's NBC News on this developing story.

Emilia Miles

Emilia Miles joined Fort Wayne’s NBC in September 2019 as a Social Media and Digital Content Manager. Emilia also serves as a producer. She’s a Fort Wayne native and graduated from Indiana University.

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