Land Giveaway Sparks Protest and Arrest at Selma City Council Meeting


By George McDonald

From the West Alabama newsroom--  A Selma woman is arrested after a group of protestors disrupt the city council meeting Tuesday night in Selma.

Police say Sherrette Spicer of Selma was arrested after a group of protestors became disruptive at the council meeting. The group was protesting a council vote to give an acre of land to the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

The vote was part of the settlement in a lawsuit filed against the city over a construction project at a confederate memorial site that includes a monument dedicated to the Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Selma activist Faya Rose Toure led the demonstration at the council meeting. Toure was arrested at a council meeting back in November when the settlement was approved.

"What we plan to do moving forward is to continue to challenge it," she said.

Police say Spicer was charged with obstruction of governmental operation, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

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