Councilman Craig files police report against citizenWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo District 3 City Councilman Mike Craig filed a police report on May 18 against a citizen.
The man, whose name was redacted on the police report, allegedly threatened violence against Craig around 6 p.m. on May 17 at Michael’s Bar & Grill on the corner of Michigan and Monroe streets during a fundraiser for TPS School Board Vice President Lisa Sobecki.
“He threatened to beat me up,” Craig said. “He told me I shouldn’t show up to labor rallies anymore because the next time he wouldn’t be talking to me.”
Craig said the man got up from his table as he was preparing to leave, followed him to the door and stopped him.
“He doesn’t like my politics,” Craig said. “That stuff happens but it is inappropriate to make a physical threat on somebody. That’s just all there is to it.”
Craig said the conflict centered around a legislative decision on the council’s agenda about the Marina District. In his five years as councilman, Craig said he has never experienced a threat like that and filed the police report for the purposes of documentation.
“That’s really unfortunate, that should never happen,” Craig said. “Unfortunately my job is to do what’s best for the city of Toledo, not what’s best for any interest group. I was a member of a labor union for 16 years and an officer for 12-13. That’s not my job anymore. I do the best I can but there are times when you have to look out for the best interests of your constituency or the city.”
The report is listed as “cleared, no arrest,” but will serve as documentation in case any future incident occurs.