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The far western Arizona town of Quartzsite was in a state of upheaval Monday after the town council ousted the mayor from power and declared a state of emergency, all over an online video that shows a woman being arrested.

Mayor Ed Foster told The Associated Press on Monday that the town council held a last-minute meeting that was closed to the public Sunday night, declaring a state of emergency in the 3,600-person town just east of the California city of Blythe.

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Foster said the council declared the emergency because they claim they've received threats from members of the public who saw a video posted on YouTube.

The video shows a woman identified as Jennifer Jones being arrested and hauled away from a council meeting after she said the council was violating open-meetings laws. Jones was speaking during a public comment period, and Foster is heard on the video telling other council members who ordered her removed that "the lady has the floor."

"She's exercising her First Amendment rights," Foster says in the video before telling officers: "You are in violation of my rules of order."

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Quartszite is an unusual town. It seems, at times, Arizona does not think of itself as part of the US. 1st Ammendment does include AZ, like it or not.

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Sounds like a small town with a couple of Boss Hogs trying to run the show. I wish the people of Quartzsite luck in cleaning up the politics there.

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Being-as-how I am across the contitnent, I can't mistake this for my town, but it sure sounds like it! We have a city council that thinks they sit at the right hand of God and owe no explanations, and try to pull closed door meetings when they don't want to hear it from the public. Been trying to vote 'em out for years, but the hard-core members manage to keep their seats. Disgusting!

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the far western arizona town of quartzsite was in a state of upheaval monday after the town council ousted the mayor from power and declared a state of emergency, all over an online video that shows a woman being arrested.

mayor ed foster told the associated press on monday that the town council held a last-minute meeting that was closed to the public sunday night, declaring a state of emergency in the 3,600-person town just east of the california city of blythe.

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foster said the council declared the emergency because they claim they've received threats from members of the public who saw a video posted on youtube.

the video shows a woman identified as jennifer jones being arrested and hauled away from a council meeting after she said the council was violating open-meetings laws. jones was speaking during a public comment period, and foster is heard on the video telling other council members who ordered her removed that "the lady has the floor."

"she's exercising her first amendment rights," foster says in the video before telling officers: "you are in violation of my rules of order."

in other words, they would not be reconsidering their actions/behavior except for the power of modern media getting it in full view. good, i hope the obnoxious one in the video ends up having to quit.

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Quartszite is an unusual town. It seems, at times, Arizona does not think of itself as part of the US. 1st Ammendment does include AZ, like it or not.

Easy, there! Sweeping generalisations based on an incident in a small town should not represent an entire state.

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yes, Arizona was an open carry state when that photo was taken and now they've passed concealed carry for law abiding citizens. Criminals have practiced concealed carry for decades.

However, living in Arizona I have seen lots of free expression of speech. The one meeting in Quartzsite is not the norm. As the article observed, there is a shakeup in the town based on what's been going on there.

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I know Quartszite fairly well. It used to be a small town run by the local "elite". Thugs might be a better word. Shake-ups are the norm in that town. One group turns a blind eye for a while then another group gains superiority. It is ongoing in that town. It is unique in some ways.

I was referring to many of the views of the Gov. and the support she has gotten for her quite stagnant views. That bully of a sheriff is another example of some of the ways the citizens of AZ treat people.

I happen to like AZ. I just am tired of the small mindedness that seems to be quite prevalent there.

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I've seen plenty of people expressing their opposition to both the governor and the sheriff. That is free speech.

Off topic but I do think 1070 is a big waste of time and money. There is so much more good that could be accomplished if we'd just concentrate on securing the border. But that's another topic.

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