BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, MI — Police in Bridgeport Township arrested a man at a township board meeting after he exceeded a three-minute time limit during public comments.

A township official said it’s not the first time police escorted the man out of a meeting for a similar reason. The man, identified as Mark A. Adams, could not be reached for comment and has not been formally charged with any crime.

The arrest, caught on video by a spectator, happened during Bridgeport Township’s Tuesday, March 4, regular board meeting. An attendee recorded video as Adams was led out by three Bridgeport Township police officers.

Bridgeport Township Manager Rose Licht said Adams addressed the township board and went longer than the three minutes allotted for public comment, then refused to stop when asked, leading to the arrest.

Saginaw attorney Tom Frank confirmed Adams is his client and he was released from jail pending further investigation. Frank made no further comment. Bridgeport Township is in Saginaw County.Licht said Adams was escorted out two other times in the past but was not arrested. Tuesday night was different.”He was asked to wrap it up by the township supervisor and he refused and continued to talk over him,” Licht said. “Several times the supervisor asked him to take a seat and he refused and the police department asked him to have a seat and took him out of the building.”

The issues between Adams and the township have been going on for several years, Licht said, regarding vacant land he owns in Bridgeport Township and compliance with township ordinances.

“It’s a long-time dispute,” she said, adding, “If he would have wrapped it up, he would have been fine.”

In the video, Adams said he has experienced three years of harassment from the township and began listing several different issues during the meeting.

“You came for my barbecue grill, you came for my bird feeder,” he said.

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