Posted on April 17, 2023

‘You Want to Go Outside?’: Antioch Mayor Blows Up at Contentious City Council Meeting

Alex Baker, KRON, April 12, 2023

Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe can be clearly heard asking an attendee at a city council meeting Tuesday if they “want to go outside.” One of the key topics on discussion at the heated Antioch City Council meeting on Tuesday were racist text messages allegedly sent by officers with the Antioch Police Department.


In video of the meeting posted to the Antioch city website, the resident can be heard saying something about the “poor job” the city council is doing during the public comments section of the meeting.

“Let’s get an audit of your text messages,” the attendee is heard saying at one point. “

After the man finishes his comments, Mayor Thorpe bangs his gavel and tells everyone to “settle down,” before accusing the speaker of “dog whistle racism,” and rising to his feet and calling him “an apologist for what’s actually wrong with the city.”

Thorpe then asks the man, “You want to go outside? Let’s go!” {snip}