The first sign of trouble is right after the vote when opponents of the plan begin standing up – some even approaching the dias – while yelling at the City Council. The security officers on the scene should have responded immediately after Jeff Danner asked for order but was ignored. Ron Deaton, pictured here in red shirt, crosses in front of Fred Dudley, who is seated in the front row.
Still seated in the front row, Fred Dudley bellows out, “Why don’t you move?” to the protesters filing out of council chambers. Ron Deaton then turns back, leans down, looks at Fred Dudley and says, “Why don’t you eat shit!”
The men are separated by the officer (?) in the blazer, while a second officer in uniform assists in forcibly restraining Deaton and a third officer moves into assist. The security officer stands idly by. One of the officers responds to the crowd, which is pleading for the officers to be easy with the 64-year old Deaton, by yelling, “…but he could fight…”
Dudley is shown here and in the video, standing up within range of Deaton, but none of the officers seem to care. In fact, a female officer at the scene, who was reported to have been cut in the fracas, is shown checking with Dudley to see if he is alright.