December 4th proved to be a great day for video clips of the Duncanville City Council.
First we get to see District 3 council-member Leslie Thomas pout about the outcome of a vote she should have seen coming; and instead of voting for “something,” they got nothing.
Next we get to witness District 5 council-member Johnette Jameson possibly step outside of the Code of Ethics with a public statement made to Mr. Ed Hicks of Clay Cooley Nissan informing him that she “expected” a sizable contribution to the Education Foundation because that’s what has happened in the past.
After that, Johnette Jameson wants a public pat on the back for “approving” a luncheon for city employees. You can read all the details concerning this item here.
The best part of this meeting though, everyone missed.
After the 3 hour marathon council meeting, the council adjourned into executive session. It appears that everyone left to go home.
Unbeknownst to the council, the camera started rolling sooner than expected when they arrived back into the chambers to reconvene regular session.
Before we get into what was caught on tape, here is the back story.
Back in September of 2011, an item was placed on the city council agenda that would create an ordinance to ban “Parkour” for the parks in Duncanville. For those who do not know what Parkour is, click here.
The night of that meeting, the chamber was filled with the Parkour kids from Armstrong park. They all got up and spoke against the ordinance. The vote was cast in favor of the kids and the item was tabled for later discussion.
Jump back to present day.
Before the council meeting on December 4th, kids that were playing at Armstrong [Kidsville] Park were allegedly told by a Duncanville Police Officer that the kids were in violation of a City Ordinance that banned “Parkour” in city parks. The kids were also told that if they were seen again at the park, they would be arrested for criminal trespassing. A few of the kids from Duncanville “Parkour” made their way to city hall to voice their concerns in front of council.
As of today, no ordinance has been passed banning “Parkour”, or “playing” at any Duncanville park.
During the “Council-member Reports” section of the regular meeting, District 2 councilmen Stephen Jones spent a good deal of time “self-backslapping” regarding his work talking to the engineering teacher at Duncanville High School and inquiring if anything could be done about creating a space for the kids of Duncanville Parkour and getting them involved in the project. After Jones was finished, the crowd at the council applauded his efforts. However…
When the council returned to the chambers after executive session, the camera started to roll.
Thanks to Don Freeman’s “mush mouth” and the horrendous audio in the chambers it makes it difficult to hear what he is saying at first. Once the camera gets rolling, you can get the jist of the conversation that is being had “off the record.”
After Don Freeman states,” They beat those kids up, they tasered them, ” Stephen Jones and the other council members found it amusing enough to erupt into a chorus of chuckles.
Judging by Leslie Thomas’s, “The camera isn’t on is it?” question and then pointing at Don Freeman like she was scolding an incontinent dog for piddling on the floor, it must have been something “not for public knowledge.”
Don Freeman then puts his hand over his mouth with a “did I do that” motion as an audible “sshhh” is heard and Stephen Jones is seen turning in his chair chucking it up with the rest of the council.
Mayor Deborah Hodge offers some knowledge and guidance to Don Freeman by informing him that “less is more.”
If you start @ the 25 second mark, you can hear and see Johnette Jameson say, “turn it off if it’s on.
Why should it be turned off if it’s on?Want to hide something? Should I even ask that question?…but I digress…
Oh, here is the 40 second video clip of feet entering the mouths of our distinguished Duncanville city council.
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Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!