Citizens pack council meeting to call for synthetic drug ban - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Citizens pack City Council meeting to call for synthetic drug ban

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Thursday's standing-room-only meeting of the Lubbock City Council was anything but ordinary.

The night began at outside City Hall with a little help from the Lubbock Police Department as political blogger and activist Clif Burnett was arrested and taken away in the back of a squad car. He was banned from City Hall after writing two posts on his blog that described shootings at local government and county meetings in 2011.

The meeting lasted for hours because there were so many people waiting to speak, and when they finally did it got very emotional.

"I'm asking that you please enact an executive ban of any synthetic designed chemical marketed or packed in a way that can be sold to an individual consumer," said Gina Johnson. Her son is a user of the dangerous drug.

Another woman described the scene as she was trying to help a friend, "I thought she was dying."

But for Dorothy Sapp she discovered the synthetic drugs in her 17-year-old son's room after experiencing a traumatizing situation.

"I didn't know what was wrong. He couldn't even put his shoes on. I had to put his shoes on and his jacket on so I could take him to the emergency room," she said.

The more people that stepped forward to speak the more emotional people at the meeting and the council became until finally Councilwoman Karin Gibson spoke.

"I have a granddaughter," she said, beginning to cry. "I'm sorry. I 'm very emotional, but I can assure you that I along with Mr. Hernandez will do something."

Councilman Todd Klein added, "We need to know who's selling those products in the Lubbock community and ask them to stop."

No executive ban has been ordered, but the council said it will explore it's legal options.

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