Ferguson-Related Protesters Disrupt Sacramento Council Meeting

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A bit of the Ferguson fury came home to the Capital City, just as long-time city councilman Steve Cohn was delivering a farewell speech to the body he's served.

Protesters' shouts drowned him out.

The mayor shut down the disruption himself, with police at the ready to make arrests.

Protesters were looking for changes in the relationship between local police and the public in the wake of a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown to death.

The shouting started because protesters say they were told they wouldn't be allowed to speak during the council meeting's public comment portion.

FOX40 learned their comment requests weren't submitted in time.

What became a loud showing, actually started very quietly with mounted officers vastly outnumbering those who'd promised to rally before the meeting.

Regardless of their group's size, protesters say their concerns are huge.

"Some of the topics we really want to push for are better training in de-escalation, drug testing for officers," said James Faygo Clark with Occupy Sacramento.

"Across the nation, we're calling for all officers to wear body cameras," said Christina Arechiga with the California Campaign to End Police Terror.

On Monday, in response to national outrage over what happened in Ferguson, President Obama proposed new funding that would help put 50,000 body cameras on local police officers around the country.

"We're certainly open to using body cameras. We've been using in-car cameras for many years now, over a decade, and they've been very helpful," said Officer Justin Brown, spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department.

The council adjourned their meeting and the mayor - recently taken to task by the city's police union for calling the Ferguson decision an injustice -  took the protesters behind closed doors to talk.

FOX40 crews waited for more than an hour to learn the outcome of the meeting, but the talks continued late into the evening.

A request for a statement about the meeting was sent to the mayor's spokesman but went unanswered.

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