A Michigan city councilman is facing charges for allegedly handcuffing a woman who put Black Lives Matter stickers on pro-President Trump yard signs.
Prosecutors in Macomb County authorized misdemeanor charges Monday against Warren Councilman Eddie Kabacinski, who is accused of running down and handcuffing a 24-year-old woman during an Oct. 14 Trump rally in Eastpointe, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Prosecutors approved charges of impersonating of a public officer and assault and battery against the first-term legislator in the nonpartisan council, sources told the newspaper.
“We will sign the complaint [Wednesday] and Kabacinksi will be notified of an arraignment date,” Eastpointe Public Safety Director George Rouhib told the outlet.
Cops in State Clair Shores said they found an Eastpointe woman handcuffed at the rally and immediately took her out of the restraints, according to a police report.
The woman, who was not charged, was handcuffed by Kabacinski, 47, after she slapped three BLM stickers on nearby Trump yards signs, police said.
The woman sprayed Kabacinski with silly string as he grabbed her before the councilman handcuffed her and sat down beside her until officers arrived, according to the police report.
Kabacinski told C&G Newspapers he had a right to handcuff the woman as a former military police officer who can detain people who “breach the peace” as she did by putting the 5-by-8-inch stickers on signs.
“Putting a decal sticker over a Trump sign, and it says Black Lives Matter, you are promoting a domestic terrorist organization on a Trump sign and that’s not good,” Kabacinski told the outlet last week. “That’s not the image that the Trump campaign or the Republican Party is trying to convey. We are trying to get back to law and order in this country.”
Kabacinski did not return a message seeking comment early Wednesday.
Warren Council President Patrick Green, meanwhile, stopped short of calling for Kabacinski’s resignation when reached for comment, but said he’s pleased prosecutors and police took the allegations seriously.
“I think his actions were completely out of control,” Green told The Post. “They don’t reflect the respect to the community that he should have for everyone. He has to understand that as an elected official, you represent everyone in your district, even those who you disagree with. You’re there as an elected official to give voice to the minority, not just the majority.”
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