A controversial ordinance limiting police escorts for funeral processions was voted down on first reading by City Councilors this week.
Despite public demand, the council split on the vote, with six votes in favor of the measure. Mayor Kim McMillan said seven votes were needed for passage of the first reading. Councilors Marc Harris, Kip McNeil, Kaye Jones, Jeff Burkhart and Joel Wallace joined David Allen in supporting the the ordinance. James Lewis, Wallace Redd. Valerie Guzman and Geno Grubbs voted no, while Deanna McLaughlin and Buill Summers abstained.
Police Chief Al Ansley stated he would limit escorted funeral processions to seven vehicles including the hearse, but would require additional cars to follow traffic rules.
The change was heavily criticized and the policy was adjusted to allow longer processions if enough officers on duty were available.