More than a dozen people showed up at Davenport City Hall Wednesday night wearing green “We stand up with the Civil Rights Commission” stickers.
The show of support comes two days after Mayor Frank Klipsch removed four commissioners who he said broke the rules.
Nicole Bribriesco-Ledger, one of the commissioners Klipsch removed, spoke out at the podium. She said the commissioners tried to work with the mayor, but they didn’t get any cooperation.
“I’m not going to cave into the threats,” she said. “That’s why I’m here. I’m not a public speaker. This terrifies me to come up and talk, but we’re not going to give in so I guess we’ll see where it goes from here.”
Other people said they feared the commission would no longer represent them, but only people in power.
Klipsch said his actions are not an attack on the commission.
“There is no agenda moving forward — just seven people that we want to use their own best judgement to make sure that they are in fact representing all the citizens in our community and everyone has the chance and the rightful opportunity to have all their civil rights maintained,” he said.
However, Civil Rights Commission Director Latrice Lacey disagrees.
“I think the commission is doing their job,” she said. “I think that they have been unduly accused of various activities that they have not engaged in … I think that the commission needs to have a hearing before an independent decision maker, which clearly is not our mayor or city council.”
Klipsch said the names of the new appointees could be announced as soon as next week.