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Tempers flare at Simpsonville City Council meeting

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SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Crowds packed out another Simpsonville City Council meeting Tuesday night, with many attendees there to show support for the former police chief.

People braved the cold wearing shirts and carrying signs outside City Hall and inside City Council chambers, in support of former Simpsonville Police Chief Keith Grounsell.

"You wanted a yes man and I am glad you didn't get it," said Simpsonville resident Linda Ward.

"We are the butt of every joke in Greenville County," said another resident Jack Barrett.

"The misinformation is something that has incited the citizens," Grounsell said himself.

Grounsell was fired Dec. 28 in a 5-to-2 vote by City Council. But since then, council members haven't publicly said what prompted the firing.

Mayor Perry Eichor was visibly exasperated by all the comments, and while he said the council members would like to respond, they legally can't.

"They have their right to their opinion," said Eichor, referring to the supporters. "The five of us, and I think the seven of us, know what the facts are involved in this situation."

SLIDESHOW: Supporters rally at city council meeting

Councilwoman Sylvia Lockaby was one of two council members that voted against Grounsell's firing, and held up signs during the meeting.

In the crowd, there were also supporters for city leaders.

"I hope I get the chance to meet more amazing people and be inspired by their vision of the city of Simpsonville that I am so proud to live in," said resident Stephanie Kelly.

After the meeting, discussions got heated between council members and the crowd.

Even Grounsell himself stepped in, asking Councilman George Curtis to, "Tell everyone what I've done. Please tell us what I've done wrong."

"I'll be glad to get down to the details of exactly what you've done," Curtis responded.

The city said that won't come without Grounsell signing a release - something Grounsell said he's willing to sign.

"I just want them to tell the truth and the truth will come out in the end," said Grounsell.

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