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Flint city councilman charged with 'disorderly conduct'

Jul 13, 2015

Flint city councilman Eric Mays is facing another legal headache.

Flint city councilman Eric Mays kneels during the prayer before Monday's city council meeting
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Mays is facing a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.  Last week, a police officer was asked to remove Mays from a council meeting after he refused to stop talking.

It wasn’t the first time Mays has been asked to leave city council meeting.

Mays, who is running for Flint mayor, says the charge is “political”.

“People are playing politics in the middle of a mayor’s race,” Mays said after learning a warrant had been issued and being told he would have to report to court on Tuesday. 

Flint city council president Josh Freeman declined to comment on the disorderly conduct charge.

Prior to the beginning of the council’s Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, Freeman read a statement which read in part:

“If you persist in disrupting this meeting, you will be in violation of Flint City Code Section 31-12, Disorderly Conduct and Disorderly Persons, and will be subject to arrest for a misdemeanor. 

This is your final warning to stop disrupting this meeting.”

The disorderly conduct charge comes at a busy time for Eric Mays.  

He’s one of four candidates on the ballot in the August mayoral primary. 

In addition to that, Mays’ second trial on a “driving while impaired” charge is scheduled for the week after next month’s mayoral primary.