SOUTH BEND -- Common Council member Henry Davis Jr. has filed complaints about one of his colleagues and the city's interim police chief.
Davis, D-2nd, took offense last week when Chief Chuck Hurley spoke to the council during a closed meeting about contract negotiations for police and fire personnel. He was also offended by a comment that council member Fred Ferlic, D-4th, made after the meeting.
Davis claimed that Hurley stood behind him while speaking to the council in an attempt to be intimidating. "The room was big enough for him to stand in other places, but he chooses to stand behind me," Davis wrote.
Davis also said Hurley made a comment about how he was standing in front of the door to make sure Davis didn't leave the meeting. It was a reference to a council committee meeting in May, when Davis walked out because he said Hurley was being disrespectful.
Hurley did not want to comment on the exchange with Davis. "I tend to take the high road in these types of matters," he said.
The other part of Davis' complaint occurred after the meeting, when he put on a pair of sunglasses and Ferlic joked that he looked like a drug dealer.
"I find this comment to be disrespectful and grounded in stereotypical and racist images of African-American males -- a demographic routinely subjected to racial profiling," Davis wrote in his complaint.
Ferlic said it's inappropriate for a person to wear sunglasses inside the council's committee room unless that person has a medical condition, but the comment had nothing to do with race."It was meant strictly as a joke after the council meeting was over," Ferlic said.
Council President Derek Dieter, D-at large, said the council's rules committee will investigate the complaint about Ferlic. The mayor's office will be responsible for handling the complaint about Hurley.
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