Scuffle At Batesburg-Leesville Council Meeting

Batesburg-Leesvile, SC (WLTX) -- Some video obtained by News19 is showing a very unusual meeting of the Batesburg-Leesville Town Council that took place earlier this week.

It shows a council member getting so disruptive, the Town's Police Chief becomes involved.

The meeting took place Monday, and the altercation took place following a public comment period at the meeting, said the Town's Mayor, Rita Crapps.

Crapps decided to have Town Councilman Steve Cain removed after she said he had become disruptive.

"It was a matter of protocol and following the agenda," said Crapps, "and there was a disagreement of how things should be handled."

Cain and Crapps briefly exchange heated words, at which point Crapps requests the Town's Police Chief, Wallace Oswald to remove Cain from the meeting.

"Seeing no willingness to come to order, and the continued disruption, I was left with no other alternative," Crapps said.

Cain refuses to leave after multiple requests from the Chief, and also after two other officers become involved.

Cain eventually moves from the table and attemtps to hand out, to the people in attendance, what he said are emails. The video then shows Cain falling to the floor and yelling "my back!" after Oswald intervenes.

"Our council meetings will be run with dignity decorum and respect."

Oswald mainrains he did not use enough force to cause the fall.

But t's a decision the Crapps said she stands behind, and hopes to never see again as she seeks to move the town forward.


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