Are You Allowed to Cry ‘Heil Hitler’ in a Crowded City Hall? (JEWISH PRESS) By: Tibbi Singer 04/11/12)
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Aida Ahmad and Kate Linthicum of the Los Angeles Times report
that “tempers flared” at the Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday when a
councilman said he was tempted to “clock” a speaker who called
out “Heil Hitler” during a public comment period.
It started when Michael Carreon, a resident of Los Angeles’ 14th
council district, objected to the rules of decorum at a City Council
meeting on Tuesday.
Carreon directed his comments to a few council members who,
apparently, weren’t paying attention to him, and so Councilman Tom
LaBonge, who was chairing the meeting, stopped him. LaBonge
instructed Carreon not to address his comments to specific members,
as per city rules.
Carreon, a regular at these meetings, was livid.
“The city’s going to hell in a handbasket, and you’re going to sit up
there and dictate?” he said. “I’m upset, so I guess I’ll just salute
you.” He raised one hand in the air in a Nazi salute, and
shouted: “Heil Hitler.”
That’s when Councilman Paul Koretz, who is Jewish, stood up from his
seat and said: “That’s a highly offensive thing, I’m very tempted to
go over there and clock ‘im.”
You’d expect the offending Heil shouter would be carried out by
security guards at that point, but a City attorney who was present at
the meeting said his comments weren’t grounds for eviction.
At another point Tuesday, Matt Dowd, another frequent City Hall
critic, used the F word when addressing the assembly. Soon after, the
meeting was adjourned.
Conclusion: You can cry ‘Heil Hitler’ in a crowded LA City Hall, but
say one F word and everybody runs home. (© 2012 JewishPress. 04/11/12)
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