A Fall River city councilor says the city’s mayor tried to intimidate him with a gun after the councilor publicly supported a recall effort against him, according to a local news report.
The Fall River Herald News reports that City Councilor Jasiel Correia II said Mayor Will Flanagan — who denied the allegations — pulled out a handgun and placed it on the dashboard of his car while the two men were talking inside.
Correia claims that Flanagan encouraged him to say he was intimidated into signing the petition.
The report continues:
“I feel badly for what [Correia] is going through, I think someone unduly pressured him,’’ Flanagan said.
Flanagan admits he had his gun that night but that it was holstered on his waistband and that he showed it to Correia. He denies taking the gun out. He said Correia told him he was considering getting a license to carry a weapon. Flanagan said he offered to write a letter so Correia could get a concealed weapons license.
Correia said Flanagan placed the gun on the dashboard. Flanagan claims he doesn’t have a dashboard in his vehicle.
“Obviously when he took out a gun, the whole thing escalated,’’ Carreia later told the Boston Herald. “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.’’
Correia reportedly told police about the incident but declined to press charges. Flanagan told the Fall River Herald News that he would “certainly take the high road and turn the other cheek.’’