Potential multi-million dollar Maricopa County settlement tabled by protesters

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Protesters are being blamed for delaying officials' vote on a potential multi-million dollar settlement stemming from the death of a woman in a Maricopa County jail.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has agreed to pay the family of Deborah Braillard $3.25 million in connection with her death in 2005. However, the deal still needed government approval. 

The diabetic's family accuses the MCSO of failing to give her medical attention for several days.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors was set to vote on the settlement Wednesday morning, but protesters disrupted the meeting during the public comment forum, then refused to settle down. 

They chanted, carried signs, and even had a mock Sheriff Arpaio dressed in king's garb. The board said supervisors expressed diplomacy, letting the protesters continue even though they could have had them detained. 

A recess was called, during which the board lost quorum, so the chairman adjourned the meeting.  The vote had to be tabled until 24 hour public notice can be given for another meeting.

"We were there to do business, but he ignored us. He chose to play politics by adjourning it. We didn't ask for adjournment. We asked to be put on the agenda," said community activist Randy Parraz.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office issued 3TV a statement saying:

"Protesters gave a second-rate comedy act.  Not only did they make themselves out to be a laughing stock, they disrupted the government process with their politically-motivated circus, impeding the board of supervisors' work."