Bristol Township council meeting gets extra security after Poconos shooting

Bristol Township Council meetings have often been rowdy affairs but they haven’t been violent. Nonetheless, last week’s fatal shootings at a township meeting in the Poconos will result in beefed up security at Thursday’s council meeting, officials said.

Bristol Township Police Chief James McAndrew said his department will send a police officer to the meeting and set up a walk-through metal detector. Bags will be subject to search as well.

McAndrew said he’s providing the extra security at the request of the township manager. He added that people’s rights will still be respected despite the increased security measures.

Last Monday, Rockne Newell shot and killed three people and wounded three others at a board of supervisors meeting in Ross Township, police said. Newell allegedly was upset over the supervisors condemning his land.