NEWS RELEASE 5/4/2012
|STATEMENT BY EMERGENCY MANAGER, MICHAEL K. BROWN REGARDING INCIDENT AT CITY HALL RELATING TO THE BEHAVIOR OF REV. REGINALD FLYNN ON THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012.|
Flint, Michigan – May 4, 2012 – Approximately 10:00am yesterday, May 3, 2012 Pastor Reginald Flynn began a one man protest in the lobby area of City Hall. He had a bullhorn and was using the siren to begin his protests. At approximately 10:15am Pastor Flynn entered the Mayor’s office with the bullhorn. Pastor Flynn began screaming into the bullhorn over the reception desk and disrupting normal work activity of city hall staff. He proceeded to make accusations against the Emergency Manager and his Staff.|
After a verbal tirade and paid staff observed both the verbal tirade and the destruction of city property. Photos of the mess that Rev. Flynn created were taken as evidence of his erratic and frightening behavior.
After stepping outside of the Mayor's complex, one of the Building and Ground’s staff at city hall locked the outer door of the complex so that Pastor Flynn could not reenter and cause more havoc in the Mayor's area.
Pastor Flynn then proceeded to continue his tirade verbally in other areas of city hall. He was on the second floor of the city hall complex yelling loudly into the bullhorn and disrupting city workers’ normal activity. At that point, he was observed by Captain Johnson of the Flint Police Dept who was delivering some paperwork to the City Clerk’s office. He asked Pastor Flynn to stop yelling and disrupting the workday at city hall.
Pastor Flynn then screamed at Captain Johnson and said “Who are you?” Captain Johnson then identified himself as a police officer and asked Pastor Flynn if he wanted to talk. Pastor Flynn then stuck the bullhorn in the Captain’s face and began screaming.
At that point, two officers who had been called by Chief Lock to quell the disturbance arrived. They observed Pastor Flynn raising the bullhorn in an aggressive manner. Therefore, they took physical control of the Pastor and confiscated the bullhorn. The officers then proceeded to place Pastor Flynn under arrest.
There were several witnesses who were either volunteering or attending meetings in the Mayor's complex who observed the erratic and disturbing behavior by Pastor Flynn in the City Hall complex. Photos were taken of the destruction of public property by Pastor Flynn.
I have withheld a statement until today while the facts were gathered about the incident. It is now a police matter and is being investigated by the appropriate police department officials.