Charlotte City Council resumes public comment on TV

(File photo from Dec. 2017) 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina city council has resumed broadcasting the part of its meetings where citizens can speak to council members on any topic.

The Charlotte City Council had turned off the television cameras last year after speakers lobbed insults and obscenities at them during protests stemming from the shooting of a black man by a police officer and over immigration.

Council members voted 8-3 on Monday in favor of live-streaming the meetings and allowing people to comment. They also agreed not to engage with the public as they comment during meetings.

Last year, when council members turned off the TV cameras, they believed that broadcasting the citizen's forum was encouraging people to act out.

The city continued to broadcast the regular part of their meetings.