Will Charlotte City Council resume televising the public comment portion of its meetings?

Councilmember Winston livestreamed Monday's forum on his Facebook page

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte City Council appears ready to revisit the issue of televising the public forum, where citizens can bring forward their questions and concerns.

Newly elected at-large Councilmember Braxton Winston livestreamed the forum from the dais himself during Monday’s meeting. This following his stated intention to seek a vote on bringing the cameras back, made during the dinner meeting beforehand.

Mayor Vi Lyles said she would include the topic on a future agenda. 

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Winston also signaled his intent to livestream the public comments during a separate video message made prior to both meetings, in which he asked citizens to come out and stay involved in the political process.

A city spokesperson said the issue will be reconsidered at its January 8 meeting, reports WFAE. Winston confirmed to qnotes that it would be on the agenda.

City Council voted to turn off the cameras following a contentious public forum in September of last year, after the police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott.

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Winston was one of the speakers at that forum, and criticized the decision to stop televising the public comments when City Council voted to do so in May.

It also voted at the time to move that portion of the meeting to a separate room, without cameras. In October, it decided to move it back into the main chamber, but continue the blackout.

Charlotte City Council public forum

A notice on the Charlotte City website stating that the public forum is not televised.

Winston’s livestream of Monday’s forum follows.

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Jeff Taylor is a journalist and artist. In addition to QNotes, his work has appeared in publications such The Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing Charlotte, Inside Lacrosse, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport and has lived in Charlotte since 2006.@jefftaylorhuman.