UPDATE: Formal complaints filed against council member over crude Facebook post

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The controversy over a crude Facebook post made by a South Bend council member continues.

At least two formal complaints were filed against 2nd District Councilman Henry Davis Jr. Wednesday afternoon. One of the complaints was signed by seven different people, including 2nd district resident Becky Kaiser.

"There's right and there's wrong," Kaiser said. "And, this crosses a line so far into wrong that I don't care from what culture you are from. It's wrong."

Davis Jr. posted a link to an article about 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' on his council Facebook page Sunday night. Along with the article, he included a graphic photo of a man performing an explicit act on a dog. The post has since been taken down.

Davis Jr. has released a statement, saying: 'I regret that an article posted to my Facebook page was mistakenly taken as an expression of my personal or political views. My Facebook and Twitter outlets are used as a platform to inform and generate discourse and debate...I voted in favor of the resolution 'urging general assembly to reject the proposed state constitutional amendment permanently defining marriage.' Because of the ongoing dialogue I maintain with my constituents in South Bend, my understanding of the diversity of family, partnerships and same sex equality has evolved."

Monday night, one of his constituents commented on Council President Oliver Davis' Facebook page, saying he wants Davis Jr. to resign over the controversy.

He said if the councilman refuses to, he will “abruptly terminate him in full.”

Davis says a police report was filed Monday night.

South Bend police are investigating the death threat.

The council's attorney will look into the formal complaints made by citizens before the council's rules committee takes the issue up.

Davis says the committee could choose to reprimand Davis Jr. by removing him from committee positions. They could also request he resign, although they couldn't force Davis Jr. to do so. Censure is another option.

"All nine members can write letters of censorship if they want to deal with that and publicly reprimand him or privately reprimand him," Davis said. "We can do all those kind of things. But, the censorship does not take away his voting power."

Davis says the rules committee will likely meet sometime next week to hear the complaints against Davis Jr.


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