Racial slurs in Tacoma, anti-Semitic outbursts in Lynnwood: Can city council members cut off offensive speech?

Interior of the synagogue in Grodno by Victoria Strukovskaya is licensed under

A rash of racist rants during public comment at local city council meetings has some Western Washington elected officials looking for solutions. 

Monday in Lynnwood, a remote speaker spewed antisemitic conspiracy theories for nearly three minutes straight. 

"I am deeply disturbed by the abhorrent comments made at our city council meeting targeting the Jewish community," wrote Lynnwood City Councilmember, Josh Binda on Instagram.

Tuesday in Tacoma, Mayor Victoria Woodards cut off a remote speaker after they made a racial slur.

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