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Blind man kicked out of Albuquerque City Council meeting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Albuquerque City Council is getting hit with some criticism for giving a blind man the boot from a meeting this week. 

KRQE News 13 spoke to City Council President Ken Sanchez, and he's not apologizing for what happened. He says everyone knows the rules. 

During Monday evening's city council meeting, Art Tannenbaum of Albuquerque, surpassed his two-minute public comment time limit while bashing the ART project. 

Tannenbaum was given two warnings from Council President Ken Sanchez. Tannenbaum, however, refused to step away from the mic and sit down. 

Tannenbaum was later escorted out by a security guard. 

The video is garnering a response on social media, with some outrage over the actions of Sanchez. 

The comments include, "Ken is insane with power," and "Horrific, totally mishandled." 

However, Sanchez says Tannenbaum is a regular at city council meetings.

"He understands the rules, he's been coming to council meetings for several years and he knows there's a two-minute time limit," said Sanchez. 

The limit on public comment has been in place since 2014, and it was clarified before public comment, that night. 

Sanchez says he will continue to enforce the rule the same way he did on Monday evening, making sure everyone gets a chance to address council. 

KRQE News 13 tried to reach out to Tannenbaum for his side of the story, but did not hear back.


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