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Texas council member quits under fire over protest response



PARIS, Texas — A member of a Texas city council has resigned under fire over a social media response he made to a protest of the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. Paris City Council member Benny Plata submitted his resignation at a meeting Tuesday. The Paris News reports Mayor Steve Clifford called the meeting to censure Plata after he asked a protester why they didn't “leave America if it's so bad.” Plata said he ”was responding to one person berating America.” Paris is a city of about 25,000 near the Oklahoma border.

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