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Police Respond To Incident At Ridgewood Village Council Meeting

Dana Glazer
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RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Police were called to Wednesday night's Ridgewood Village Council meeting following a disturbance.

Village resident Dana Glazer told Daily Voice that another attendee attempted to provoke him by standing in front of his video camera while he was recording the meeting.

Glazer said he repeatedly asked the stranger to move, then took out his phone to photograph him -- at which point he said the man swatted it from his hand.

Police arrived soon after and removed him, Glazer said.

No charges were filed. Glazer said he was considering his legal options.

He cited an ordinance introduced by the council at a Jan. 27 work session restricting the public's use of recording devices during its meetings as possible motivation for the incident.

"I find this whole thing extremely upsetting," Glazer said. "I have lived in Ridgewood for eight years and have never felt unsafe until now."

Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn said he was involved in a ceremony honoring longtime resident Jim Griffith and didn't see what happened. He told Daily Voice that he has requested a formal police investigation -- calling it a "very serious situation."

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