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Mayor, Councilman Brawl in Parking Lot Video

Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam was in the melee
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2018 9:50 AM CST

(Newser) – The mayor of Atlantic City was caught on video brawling outside a casino earlier this month—and now video of the brawl is online, ABC News reports. The Nov. 11 melee involved Mayor Frank Gilliam, a town councilman, and five other people in a parking lot beside the Golden Nugget Casino. Gilliam can be seen in a gray suit confronting another person before the group scatters and Gilliam goes after a man in a white T-shirt. For his part, Councilman Jeffree Fauntleroy throws a man down and trades punches with him. A woman tries to stop Gilliam from fighting, but he goes after the white T-shirt man, takes a buckling punch, and gets chased away by Fauntleroy. Casino security soon run in and breaks things up.

Prosecutors say they won't file criminal charges against the politicians, who still face offenses of harassment and simple assault, per WPVI. Meanwhile, Gilliam and Fauntleroy were denounced by members of their own party in a 27-3 vote by the Atlantic City Democratic Committee, NJ.com reports. "The reputation of the city of Atlantic City is in question and is in jeopardy as a result of tumultuous, thuggish and aggressive behavior," the committee says in part. But the committee says it won't seek a recall before a decision is made in court. And then there's public reaction: "That is way too far. He has got work to do, this city needs a lot done," a resident tells the AP. "I mean maybe go to anger management class or something like that." (A father shot his son in a Thanksgiving brawl over NFL protests.)

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