Black Indiana lawmakers shouted down during debate

Published: Feb. 19, 2021 at 5:41 PM EST
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Ind. (WNDU) - Tempers flared among Indiana legislators during a debate, when Black lawmakers were shouted down and booed by some Republicans, and two house members had to be separated in a hallway.

The shouts came as Democratic Rep. Greg Porters and Vernon Smith, who are Black, spoke Thursday against a bill allowing Greene Township to leave the South Bend Community Schools, calling the move discriminatory.

A confrontation soon erupted in a hallway between Republican Sean Eberhart and Democratic Rep. Vanessa Summers, another Black lawmaker, and they were separated by other legislators.

Republican House Speaker Todd Huston later urged all legislators to respect each other.

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