‘Weird noises’ disrupt Ward F virtual community meeting

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JERSEY CITY — Sexual sounds and racial slurs disrupted a virtual community meeting of over 500 attendees on Friday, said community leader Frank Gilmore.

Gilmore told The Jersey Journal that he helped organize the virtual Ward F meeting to inform the community of resources for youths’ mental health, public safety, affordable housing and more. But after Chris Gadsden — Jersey City NAACP Political Action Committee Chair and former Ward B councilman — spoke in the meeting, attendees began to hear “weird noises,” Gilmore said.

“We had to mute someone, and then it just got crazy,” he said.

Organizers then ended the Zoom call to hopefully get rid of the noises. Gilmore said they started the

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