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Henry Davis Jr. addressed the city of South Bend at a news conference Monday morning over a controversial picture and link he posted on his Common Council Facebook page that led to several official complaints.

Davis stood alongside his wife in front of media and supporters, including his pastor, Andre McGhee of Greater St John Missionary Baptist Church. Davis said, "[The picture] was an attempt to start a discussion on a reading that jarred my sensibilities. Although posted to my Facebook page, it is not an expression of my personal or political views."

Davis formally apologized saying, "Many people have found it offensive. It was a mistake on my part and for that I am truly remorseful and I ask for your forgiveness." McGhee said he advised Davis on the issue. Although never seeing the picture himself, he said he hopes Davis learns from this mistake, but people need to understand that everyone makes mistakes.

Davis went on to say this situation regarding his Facebook activity is a distraction from "The high unemployment rate, the operation of the new voting centers and how these centers will impact voting throughout the city and the county, the sometimes inequitable distribution of city resources and services, the lack of defined relationship between the school system and city government, and citizen concerns regarding public safety". He stated social media can either unite or divide a city, and in this case, the city must unite.

Last Wednesday, 8 people filed formal complaints against Davis and a picture he posted, saying it was offensive and inappropriate for an official page. Becky Kaiser was one of the South Bend citizens who filed a complaint against Davis. After hearing of the apology press conference Monday morning, she said she does not accept. She believes Davis posted the picture to gain attention, and when it backfired, he delivered a half-hearted apology, something she feels he always does.

Davis said nothing of resigning from his position as the Common Councilman of the 2nd District. He took no questions from the media after his statement.

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