- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Columbus Mayor Robert Smith ordered Ward 4 Councilman Marty Turner to be removed from a recent meeting.

Turner’s removal occurred at Tuesday’s city council meeting during an executive session. Turner was being loud and talking over other councilmen without being recognized, in violation of Robert’s Rules of Order, a set of guidelines for official meetings, Smith told local media.

Usually, councilmen have to wait for the mayor to recognize them before speaking.

“I stopped the meeting in executive session and asked him to leave,” Smith said. “At first, he refused, and so then I told him if he didn’t leave the chambers I was going to have him escorted out.”

Smith called Columbus Police Chief Oscar Lewis, who was at the meeting, to remove Turner, Smith said.

Turner said he left the meeting voluntarily following a disagreement over whether to rent the Trotter Convention Center to the pastor of Kingdom Vision Church for the next 40 Sundays. Turner was in favor of doing so.

Turner said council members disagreed because they “have something against” the church’s pastor and don’t like the influence he’s gaining.

“It seems like when you’re young, black - especially young black men - that (are) trying to do something, it’s like a wall,” Turner said.

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