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Council chambers get heated as Chief Granato addresses immigration rally concerns

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Things get heated in the Yakima City Council Chambers Tuesday night as the Chief of Police explains his involvement in an immigration rally and a speech he gave after the rally.

Heated really is the best way to describe it, the council chambers were actually hot from all the people crowding the room and hallway, all over the hot button issue of immigration reform.

They showed up to hear Chief Sam Granato explain his involvement in an immigration rally that took place earlier this month. Two people raised concerns over Granato involvement in the rally and him giving a speech post rally. Granato said while he was at the rally, he was there in a professional capacity working as YPD crowd control. He was asked on a personal level to speak after the rally about his views on immigration reform.

Council had a stack of requests for audience discussion and fearing that the council meeting may turn into a debate on immigration reform they moved to not allow public discussion.

Council voted unanimously to accept Granato's account of the rally events and both sides of the immigration reform issue left the council chambers peacefully.

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