Council could Censure Tim Scott


The Burlington City Council will be asked Monday to approve a resolution to censure member Tim Scott for some recent comments he made.

The comments they are referring to include one he made to local media regarding the race of the youth involved in recent altercations with the Burlington Police, also his comments at a recent council meeting in which he referred in derogatory terms to certain youth in the community, and the combination of the two incidents, which gave the impression that certain races or ages of people may not be welcome in Burlington.

In addition, the censure resolution refers to the fact that Scott threw some papers at fellow Council member Becky Anderson, an action described as intimidating and disrespectful.

The dictionary defines “censure” as to severely criticize, disapprove of, or condemn publicly.

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16 Comments on "Council could Censure Tim Scott"

  1. concerned mom citizen | July 19, 2014 at 7:57 am |

    It doesn’t matter what color or where it is coming from. This increase of crime has got to be addressed, and addressed fast before it gets completely out of hand and more people are seriously hurt….or worse. We should not have to live in such fear. In regards to Mr Scott. I heard a man concerned about his town and his family. He is passionate about this concern. Sometimes emotions get the best of us. But at least he cares enough to get his concerns out there, and the general message should be heard. Stop the crime and get control over those who are causing it, whoever they are.

  2. Hometown Girl | July 19, 2014 at 11:25 am |

    If he is censured, then the city council is simply giving control to those who are committing and encouraging crime in Burlington. concerned Did anyone hear this man say that he would support DOUBLING the police force, no matter the cost, if that is what it is going to take. He is correct in that officers should not have be concerned about being intimidated by crowds taking on a mob mentality when they are called to a scene. Recently, there is not a week that goes by without some type of gunshots or shooting. Mr. Scott is a very frustrated and concerned public citizen who is serving the community that he loves by serving on the city council. This is not a RACE issue; this is a CRIME issue.

  3. Scott has a problem….still haven’t forgotten his incident with Ron Thornton at the Port of Burlington when he started that fight. He should have seen some consequences then, and didn’t.

  4. Mike Roundtree | July 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm |

    I just listened to the “rant” Mr. Scott had at the city council meeting again. I did not hear a single word that in any way referred to race. So go ahead Burlington City Council, censure Mr. Scott for expressing his frustration with the crime in this area. Censure him for speaking his mind, IT IS CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED FREE SPEECH. Or does the city not believe in the Constitution? Mr. Scott I stand with you in your frustration. I am frustrated too, we as citizens of the great town should not have to watch over our shoulders. Don’t get me wrong I am not naive enough to believe that everyplace is safe, but this is insane what we are seeing in our city!! It is time for the population to stand up and fight for our city.

  5. EyesWideOpen | July 19, 2014 at 1:38 pm |

    What exactly has he done, besides having a very public temper tantrum. Actions speak louder than words and I haven’t seen any action from Mr. Scott. He says he’ll double the police force, is he planning on devising a plan so this is possible, or will he simply vote for it to look like a hero? You can’t spend money that isn’t there.
    Also, the “black” comments weren’t made at the council meeting, but to a news station. The council needs to censure him to protect the city from getting sued if he should say anything more damaging. Unless you are all cool with footing that bill.

  6. Angry native | July 19, 2014 at 1:45 pm |

    People forget that the city council themselves invited this violence because they wanted Burlington to grow. Free rent and financial help if you move to Burlington. Anyone recall? I no longer live in Burlington but came back to visit, and what has become of my hometown was sickening! Burlington used to be a great place to raise a family, now its, excuse the term a “ghetto town!” Filled with violence. Quit worrying about politically correct and worry about what’s going on right in front of you. Quit using the liberal approach and trying to divert attention to something else so
    small when you have such bigger problems. Give me back my hometown!!!

  7. 2nd Ammendent Exercisee | July 19, 2014 at 2:35 pm |

    Really! He threw them at her. Give me a break. He wildly tossed them without intent of hitting anybody. And every damn word he said, is the truth. Just wait, before you know it, some citizens will exercising there right to a miltia to start patrolling these street then we see how these little hoodlums rat bastards wanna try and push us around

  8. I don’t think he’s in the wrong at all. He only spoke the truth about what is happening to our town and that something needs to be done about it. He hasn’t said anything that over 90% of the town is thinking. We need more like him in this town and running it.

  9. If we can afford the optional sales tax for our schools, then I think we can afford an optional sales tax to support our local law enforcement. This should help us afford Doubling the police force and dropping crime. There are solutions out there, we as a community need to decide what we are willing to do for a safe place to raise our children.

  10. Duane Patton | July 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm |

    This is a truly a sad situation….. Tim Scott happen to speak out on what 99% of Burlington residents are afraid to say and/or feel. Shame on Mayor Shane McCambell and the rest of the council that is a part of this. Tim Scott is well respected and loves his community. Instead of spending time chasing a damn story Mayor, take that time and find ways to cut your budgets so that we can spend the time making Burlington a safer place! Here’s something you might consider? Making our landlords/slumlords responsible for the clientele. I’m sure that would never fly with council members owning rentals.

    • I agree with Tim Scott, but as a landlord, I do not know how I am supposed to be “responsible”. I am already required to provide decent housing, and I am forbidden from any kind of discrimination. I would prefer that all of my tenants be upstanding citizens who treat everyone with courtesy, kindness, and respect, but I am forbidden to refuse to rent to someone on the grounds that they appear to be unsavory, just as I am forbidden to evict them on the grounds of rudeness, or suspicion of criminal activity. As long as they pay their rent, there is very little that I am allowed to do about their behavior — unless I catch them in the act of criminal activity, which is unlikely, even if they are lawbreakers.

  11. Linda Lemon | July 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm |

    Personally, I back Tim Scott 100%. I believe that there is a problem here that certainly needs to be addressed and if it takes more funding to enforce our laws, then tax according and so be it. And for the record, I did not hear him mention anything about any particular race in this matter, he simply blew up about what they’re doing!

  12. So instead of working on a resolution to the problems, they are trying to silence the council member who actually acknowledged that it is a problem?

  13. Censure does not equal silence. They are not “censoring” him, it’s not the same word. This is just a slap on the wrist, nothing more. Not one council member is against standing up to crime, I think it’s ridiculous that everyone thinks that just because they aren’t screaming during a meeting that the other council members don’t care.

    • Linda Lemon | July 20, 2014 at 6:48 pm |

      True – but any of the council members could have said as much at the moment in time when it would have made a difference.

      • What difference has it made so far? Tim Scott hasn’t attended any of Citizens Against Crime meetings. He doesn’t do anything. He wants more funding for the police force, but he just voted in favor for a tax abatement for a very high end residential development on the outskirts of Burlington (this is why he threw the papers) which would ONLY help the very wealthy. I would have supported Tim if he had done things in a more professional manner, and all of his supporters weren’t so busy trying to turn everyone else against the rest of the council. I’m not sure how that’s productive or helpful at all. If they think that the censure is a waste of time, then all of the crap they’re pulling is going to waste even more time.

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