Hey, the City Council hit the big time again. The 2010 brawl between community gadfly Cecil Young and several councilors was featured as one of the “20 Dumbest” on TruTV that showcases “the dumbest of the dumb: the brain-dead daredevils and do-it-yourselfers, pathetic partiers, outrageous outlaws, and just plain unlucky numbskulls who test the theory that humans are the superior species.”
Background: Cecil Young was on his usual tear taking city officials to task, rambling about sewage issues at P.T. Barnum Apartments, and a bunch of other stuff during the public speaking portion of the meeting between 6:30 and 7 p.m.
Cecil apparently didn’t like the facial gyrations coming from council member Evette Brantley who wasn’t feeling well. Cecil misinterpreted Evette’s expressions as being directed at him and launched into a rant. Okay, time is up says City Council President Tom McCarthy who chairs the public-speaking portion of the meetings.
After Cecil was done speaking, Evette approached him to explain her frown was not intended for him and she wasn’t feeling well. She got in Cecil’s face, as a review of the film shows. Cecil wasn’t buying it. Yell, scream, finger pointing. East Side council member Angel DePara moved in to break them up. Pushing, shoving occurred and then McCarthy came to Angel’s defense followed by others. Within seconds most everyone was rolling around on the council chamber benches.
The council’s legislative liaison at the time the bespectacled Tom White, in blue shirt and tie, did not appear overly eager to break up the fight. White has his own fight going, a federal lawsuit against the city for illegal termination.
Just another night in paradise.
(Footnote: Brantley and DePara are no longer council members.)