City Councilman Arrested After Being Kicked Out Of Meeting For 4th Time In 2020

Holly Matkin

Flint City Councilman Eric Mays was arrested after he was asked and refused to leave the city council meeting.

Flint, MI – A Flint city councilman who was voted out of a city council meeting on Wednesday was led away in handcuffs after he refused to leave unless police arrested him.

The chaos erupted approximately one hour into the Flint City Council’s special meeting, after Councilman Eric Mays repeatedly got into arguments with his fellow council members and interrupted proceedings with loud outbursts, MLive reported.

Mays stormed out of the meeting at one point, but returned a short while later.

His boisterous antics were so loud, his microphone was ultimately shut off.

Before the vote to remove him, City Council President Monica Galloway said that Mays also verbally assaulted her as she was trying to leave a different special council meeting on Monday night.

“I am asking my colleagues to support me in not making this a hostile environment,” Galloway said, just before a motion was made to remove Mays.

It was the fourth time that the council had removed him from a meeting for disruptive behavior this year.

“You can cuff me and take me out,” Councilman Eric Mays declared after the vote, according to MLive. “I’m ready to go.”

Mays continued refusing to leave voluntarily even when Flint police asked him if he was sure the only way he would go was if he was under arrest.

“Yes, I’m sure,” the councilmen told them. “I’m positive.”

Officers ultimately arrested Mays on a disorderly conduct charge, WEYI reported.

As he was being escorted out of council chambers, Mays claimed that he was being treated differently than the rest of the council members, and that he planned to find himself a “good civil rights lawyer, MLive reported.

He was transported to the Genesee County jail, where he was ticketed and released.

Mays complained that he was being victimized by the council.

“They’re abusing the rules and taking it out on me for trying to speak my voice and that’s unacceptable," he told MLive. “My ward knows me as the voice of the ward. My ward knows me as a fighter for human and civil rights and freedom of speech!”

“This is the best way to represent the citizens of the First Ward,” he added. “I’ll see if the citizens of the First Ward stand behind me.”

After Mays’ arrest, the city council voted 7-to-1 to ban him from attending meetings for a 30-day period, MLive reported.

Mays claimed that the motion to remove him and the subsequent decision to suspend him were both done illegally.

“I don’t see that nowhere in the rules,” he told MLive.

On Thursday, Mays told WEYI that the council’s action against him was “bogus,” and that he was considering attending next week’s city council meeting despite the censure.

City Councilwoman Eva Worthing said that the council was done “playing this game” with Mays, MLive reported.

“He seems to learn nothing from being removed,” Councilwoman Kate Fields added. "He seems to learn nothing from his behaviors so I think the consequences have not been made clear to him.”

Mays said he also planned to speak with an attorney about pressing charges against Mayor Sheldon Neeley’s deputy chief of staff, DuVarl Murdock, due to a physical altercation that took place between them on Feb. 5.

The confrontation occurred at Rube’s Bar & Grill after Mays stormed out of another city council meeting WJRT reported.

Mays admitted that he swore at Murdock, laughed at him, and taunted him, and claimed that Murdock subsequently attacked him.

"I said something he didn't like, and then he really got me. He got me good,” Mays told WJRT. “I was slammed and hit the floor hard, and I bruised my pelvic and neck injuries, and scrapes.”

But Neely’s office said that the situation played out much differently.

"Murdock says Mays unleashed a series of insults and threats of violence at him, including, 'I'm going to whoop your -ss.' Mays then approached Murdock in a hostile fashion and Murdock defended himself,” the mayor’s office said in a press release.

Murdock also filed a criminal complaint against the city councilman.

"They keep making big public mistakes and every time they move on me it seems to backfire, because of a lack of knowledge of understanding from some folks trying to be too much too fast," Mays told WEYI on Thursday.

Councilman Santino Guerra said that the council did nothing wrong by censuring Mays, and that it is prepared for his potential lawsuit.

"There was no violation to the charter and what happened was based on his own actions," Guerra told WEYI. "Whatever the court requires us to do…I will follow it if he is being honest with the judge if it gets that far. If not, I just hope that he doesn't bring this and waste more taxpayer dollars."

But according to the city charger, the city council is required to give public notice regarding the potential ban of a council member at least two weeks in advance, WJRT reported.

"You are six or seven legislators and don't know the rules of public notice and public hearings and processes to enact rules,” Mays said after his arrest. “I wouldn't try to zero in on me. I would just try to learn and be polite and do it the right way.”

"If you kick the dog, I'm gonna growl and bark,” he added. “If you cut me, don't tell me how to bleed.”

Mays said he hoped his fellow council members can learn from him, and said his passion and aggressiveness were why he was elected for the position.

"I use that voice because I've got a distinct voice. It's loud, it's heavy, and it's deep,” he told WJRT. “If God give me a strong, deep voice, I don't think God or the residents that elected me want me to be quiet... I’ve been shaking and moving things in a positive direction.”

Comments (57)
flybynight
flybynight

"As he was being escorted out of council chambers, Mays claimed that he was being treated differently than the rest of the council members, and that he planned to find himself a “good civil rights lawyer, MLive reported"

This guy sure reminds me of someone but I just can't quite put my finger on it. 🤔

No. 1-21
Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Black liberals, especially those in public office, behave as though stupidity were a virtue. Why is that?

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

Councilman sounds like his cornbread ain't done in the middle.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

There are quite a few interesting videos of this guy on youtube, including him failing his roadside sobriety test, for which he served 72 days in jail for, as well as him speaking with his lawyer to the media about city property he pawned.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Wow.... even a city councilman is looking to get a ghetto lottery ticket from his own city!!!!

Hopefully they filed a restraining order against the councilman, banning him from the premises, since he has been threatening others. The worst part is, Mays considers himself to be an example of what people in his district should aspire to be like.... and the cycle continues.

walkintall
walkintall

There's plenty of trouble in Flint, even without this lemon, dontcha know.

JBoH
JBoH

“I wouldn't try to zero in on me. I would just try to learn and be polite and do it the right way.”

Right...you failed.

LEO0301
LEO0301

This was all about the lawsuit. He's trying to line his pockets so he pushed the issue hoping he would be arrested.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Looks like ANOTHER regular citizen who CANNOT handle any power or responsibility! No, you are NOT above the law and the police WILL arrest you, regardless of the podunk position you hold!!!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another entitled politician being an asshole! 😝☹👎

investigator
investigator

One of the many reasons, Flint has been a Dump for years!!!

flybynight
flybynight

Our site trolls will make a run at trying to save any person of color in most cases but even this guy is over the top toxic for them.............so far.

Stoykens Keptyc
Stoykens Keptyc

#BadMinority article

vwiles34
vwiles34

Usual Suspects, Usual behavior.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Entitlement much?? Definitely loves the sound of his own voice. And has an arrest record and pawned a city owned laptop?? Why is he still a councilman??

MaxD
MaxD

This guy is as corrupt as you can possibly be. He repeatedly steered FED "water money" to a contractor that was unqualified. When An actual qualified contractor used the proper equipment he put a stop to that and had them do digs by hand like his "friends" company had to since they didn't have the right equipment. It went on and on, read up on it, it is pathetic. Of course not the only corruption he's committed there, just the tip of the iceberg for him. Then at every council meeting he throws the race card and has since the beginning. He's not the only one of the bunch either, but he's the worst.

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

How, just how did I know that he was going to be BLACK?????

Mother
Mother

If you pull a gun on someone, you better be prepared to shoot instead of running.

Raymelson
Raymelson

A very small brain with a very large mouth

Kes
Kes

The story doesn't tell us what he actually said to get sentured

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

“I’m a victim!
I’m a victim!”


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