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California City Council Virtual Meeting Disrupted by Antisemitic Pranksters

The incident took place in Norwalk on Tuesday, Jan. 16 during the public comment period of the meeting of the Ordinance Committee which was discussing a redistricting ordinance, the sale of city property, and blight prevention.

“I unequivocally condemn these ignorant, racist individuals for their anti-semitic, racist statements made during last night’s Ordinance Committee meeting,” said Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling. “These individuals are bigots, and such statements are incredibly gross, obscene, and hateful and demonstrate the exact opposite of what the City of Norwalk stands for.”

Rillings said the Norwalk Police Department has initiated an investigation and the city’s IT department is developing new protocols to help ensure it never happens again.

Darlene Young, Common Council president said that although these individuals were most likely not Norwalkers, there seemed to be a national trend among this type of vitriol.

 “The Norwalk Common Council unequivocally condemns any acts of hatred,” Young added. 

The police department is also working with the Prosecutor’s Office to determine if the people are identified whether the statements rise to the status of a hate crime and could be prosecuted.