Man arrested during PHM board meeting

NOW: Man arrested during PHM board meeting

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- A man was arrested during a Penn-Harris-Madison special board meeting on Monday when he refused to release the microphone stand to the next speaker after his three-minute time limit had expired.

A recording of the board meeting caught the moment when a bailiff was forced to handcuff and arrest Anthony Rutten for disrupting the progression of Monday’s meeting.

Each community member that wishes to speak at PHM board meetings is limited to three minutes of presentation time in order to not derail or elongate meetings.

Rutten was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail at around 10 p.m. on Monday and was then released about 30 minutes later.

Officials have not commented on whether or not Rutten will face charges for his actions.

The Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation posted the entire board meeting on their YouTube page. Rutten begins speaking at the 1:48:40 mark of the video.

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