FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Flint city councilman who gave a Nazi salute to the council’s leader and compared her to Adolf Hitler during a public meeting has been stripped of his council leadership roles.
The Flint City Council voted 6-0 on Monday to remove Councilman Eric Mays as finance committee chair and council vice president during yet another heated meeting, The Flint Journal reported.
Mays and Council President Monica Galloway verbally clashed at a Jan. 13 council meeting and when Galloway sought to move on to another point on the agenda, Mays accused her of being rude and of acting like Hitler. He then performed the salute.
After that meeting, Galloway called Mays’ gesture “inappropriate and insensitive.” Mays said he was using Hitler as “an analogy for dictatorship” and that he feels targeted by Galloway.
On Monday, Galloway ruled Mays — who has a history of outbursts at council meetings — out of order due to his behavior during a discussion about the purchase of new trucks. She ordered Mays’ removal from the meeting for surpassing his warnings for being out of order.