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Flint official likens colleague to Hitler, gives Nazi salute

January 17, 2020 GMT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Flint city councilman gave a Nazi salute to the council’s leader and compared her to Adolf Hitler during a contentious meeting this week.

Councilman Eric Mays and President Monica Galloway had been verbally clashing during Monday’s meeting when Galloway sought to move on to another point on the agenda. Mays then accused Galloway of being rude to him, told her she was acting like Hitler and performed the salute, The Flint Journal and Detroit News reported.

Galloway said Wednesday that she was “sorry to the community” for what transpired, calling Mays’ gesture “inappropriate and insensitive.” Mays said he was using Hitler as “an analogy for dictatorship” and that he feels targeted by Galloway.

There were several failed attempts to have Mays removed from the meeting. Mays has a history of outbursts at meetings. He had been escorted by police from a meeting last January after earlier being removed from his position as finance chairman. He clashed at that 2019 meeting with Galloway, who had assumed the duties of the chair.

Mays was ordered to pay $300 and put in a week’s worth of service on a sheriff’s work detail in 2017 after pleading no contest to misdemeanor willful neglect of duty. He had been accused of pawning his publicly owned laptop nine times.

A no contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated that way for sentencing purposes.