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PORT ALLEN - Emotions flared at the Port Allen city council meeting Wednesday. Council members and citizens tried to do business between screams and gavel strikes. Some people pulled the race and gender cards, claiming that it was all racial discrimination.

"I'm female. I'm Black. And it looks like everything I do is not correct," said Port Allen mayor Deedy Slaughter.

Sparks flew as the divided opinions in the room tried to outshout each other.

"We've all suffered," screamed one woman.

"Give me a chance to finish my statement," screamed a man in the crowded city council chamber.

The beef was about one item on the agenda, to introduce an ordinance that creates department heads. The order was from a judge who reinstated the CFO of the city, after Mayor Slaughter fired her. Then, the appointment of the chief of staff took center stage. One citizen even said, the drama surrounding the mayor was an embarrassment to the city.

"I feel that statement is not correct," said Mayor Slaughter.

At the end of the meeting, nothing was decided. One thing did happen, the exercise of the first amendment.



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