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South Bend councilman files police report after tense meeting

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It seems like weekly, tension is rising between South Bend Common Council members, and Monday night, things escalated once again. Councilman Derek Dieter filed a police report today against another member's father, Henry Davis Sr.

Things got heated at the South Bend Common Council meeting. It started when Henry Davis Junior was attempting to explain that he feels the council is spending too much time on internal investigations and not on city business. "On top of that, spending more money, and then we can't get the work done we're supposed to be doing because of that," said Davis Jr. at Monday nights council meeting.

But it was how he made that point that has Councilman Derek Dieter upset. Davis Jr. said, "So I could say Derek Dieter beats his wife, and I get 5 people out there to do it, and we have to have an investigation? That's ridiculous!"
    
Dieter says Henry Davis Jr's father, Henry Davis Sr., shouted, "That's ridiculous." Dieter says Davis Sr. got out of his chair and became unruly and made an obscene gesture towards him. Dieter has now filed a police report against Davis Sr., and and internal complaint with the council against Davis Jr.

President of the South Bend City Council Oliver Davis says so far, the city has spent more than $10,000 dollars of taxpayer money, taking city council disagreements to the rules committee. The last one, being the infamous Facebook post from Henry Davis Jr.

"You have to learn how to respect each other. You may not love each other on the council... that's ok," says Oliver Davis.

Davis is a licensed clinical social worker that mainly deals with conflict resolution issues. He says he never thought he'd be brining his personal life into council chambers. "We are sworn in to protect our people, to fight for our people. The first issue is taking care of the priority issues for the people of South Bend," he says.

Police say the Councilman Dieter's report accuses Henry Davis, Sr. of threat and intimidation. At this point police have NOT taken any action.
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