Fall River City Council member Jasiel Correia says Fall River Mayor William Flanagan pulled his gun on him at a late night meeting.
Correia told reporters that he was sitting in Mayor Flanagan’s SUV around midnight. The two were discussing a petition to recall Flanagan when, according to Correia, Flanagan pulled out his firearm and placed it on the dashboard.
“It was borderline criminal in a situation where it was an attempt to intimidate me,” Correia said.
“Obviously when he took out a gun, the whole thing escalated,” Carreia added. “This is the mayor. I don’t know what he’s capable of. He didn’t forewarn me he had a gun. I thought, ‘This is ridiculous. This is crazy.’ There’s no doubt in my mind there was intimidation being used. No doubt.”
The Democratic mayor, on the other hand, says Correia asked if he was carrying his gun and said he was thinking about applying for a conceal carry permit. Flanagan said the was holstered at his waste the entire time.
“He did see the gun on my waistband because he did point it out. He said ‘You have yours?’ I said ‘Yes I do have mine and I have a license to carry,’” Flanagan said.
Flanagan is currently in the middle of a recall campaign. There is a petition circulating, which Carreia signed. Carreia says during the meeting, Flanagan asked him to contact the Fall River Herald News to say he was bullied into signing the petition, the Boston Herald reports.
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