The first meeting of the Dallas, Texas Community Police Oversight Board briefly descended into chaos Tuesday night after the public was told they could not speak and address board members, a decision that was reversed after protesters clashed with police officers. 

“We will continue to hold you accountable at every single one of these meetings,” said one audience member, addressing the board.

Activists at the gathering were outraged at the decision to silence them, which came days after the murder of Joshua Brown, a key witness in the murder trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who murdered her neighbor Botham Jean in Jean’s apartment in 2018 while Guyger was off duty. 

Speakers at the Tuesday meeting focused their energy on the fact that some members of the board had expressed hesitation at forming the board in the first place, as The Dallas Morning News reported: