FLINT (CCN) — Flint City Councilman Eric Mays told The Morning Gazette Radio Show Thursday that an appointee of Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley threatened violence two weeks ago, then "violently assaulted" him Wednesday night at a Flint bar. "I was there with a group of six people after the council meeting, playing keno and drinking papaya juice," Councilman Mays said. "I went up to the bar to cash in my keno and this guy gets up in my face, yelling and screaming. I told him to back off, then he swung and knocked me to the ground with a violent attack."
Councilman Mays said individuals working for Rube's Bar took away his phone and initially refused to let him call police, saying, "They told me they didn't want that kind of trouble because they knew this guy works for Mayor Neeley and they tried to tell me I wasn't calling the police. When getting my phone back from them, I called police before going to Hurley Medical Center."
The longest-serving city council member said he spent the night at the hospital and added, "I have a serious hernia. This man could have killed me."
Councilman Mays is scheduled to appear on 910 AM Superstation with host Sam Riddle. The station has a statewide reach with its signal of 50,000 watts.
Interim Flint Police Chief Phil Hart has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Councilman Mays said his alleged attacker is a cabinet member of Mayor Neeley and added that he has a witness to an incident at another Flint bar two weeks ago where the mayor appointee allegedly threatened Mays. Mayor Neeley, who was elected in November, has also not yet responded to a request for comment.
"He came up behind me and put his hands around my neck, then says you are to lay off the mayor because me and Neeley are from the streets, and we will deal with you," Councilman Mays said. "This is the guy who was on TV with Neeley at his press conference. I've been trying to find out who he is and what he's being paid."
Councilman Mays has been critical of the mayor hiring people without council approval and also recently alleged that Mayor Neeley was illegally using a city-owned vehicle and using gas reserved for city vehicles, including police cruisers. Mays blames the mayor for influencing others on the council to strip away his leadership positions. He was the council's Vice President and chairman of both the City Finance Committee and the City Special Affairs Committee.
Council members voted to remove the 1st Ward councilman near the end of Wednesday's Government Operations Committee meeting that lasted more than four hours. The next action after his removal were unanimous votes to name 5th Ward Councilwoman Kate Fields as the new City Finance Committee chair and to elect 2nd Ward Councilman Maurice Davis as the new council vice president. Councilman Mays was removed for disorderly conduct after a motion by Councilwoman Fields passed unanimously, touching off a screaming match between Councilman Mays and Councilman Davis. Mays left before the vote was taken.
FLINT (CCN) — The Flint City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to name 2nd Ward City Councilman Maurice Davis as its new vice president. The vote came after the council unanimously voted to remove 1st Ward Councilman Eric Mays from the meeting for disturbing the peace. The council voted last week to strip away leadership positions from Councilman Mays who previously served as vice president of the council and as chairman of the City Finance Committee and chairman of the City Special Affairs Committee.
FLINT (CCN) — The Flint City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to name 4th Ward City Councilwoman Kate Fields as its new chair of the City Finance Committee. The vote came after the council unanimously voted to remove 1st Ward Councilman Eric Mays from the meeting for disturbing the peace. The council voted last week to strip away leadership positions from Councilman Mays who previously served as the chairman of the City Finance Committee, chairman of the City Special Affairs Committee and as vice president of the council.
DETROIT (CCN) — Flint's Mott Bears went to 18-5 overall Wednesday night by beating Henry Ford Community College 90-79. Mott is second in the Eastern Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association with a 6-3 record.
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