Lawsuit alleges Atlantic City mayor made threats, officer failed to act – BreakingAC
The mayor of Atlantic City threatened a longtime political enemy while an officer in the city did nothing, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
The lawsuit stems from an altercation on May 2 when Craig Callaway confronted Mayor Marty Small while campaigning
A recording of the incident previously posted on BreakingAC showed only part of what happened, according to the prosecution. In this recording, Small is seen slapping a camera at the hands of Deon Garland, who is an organizer of Democratic rival Tom Foley.
But a new video released with the lawsuit shows what Garland captured that day, including the mayor’s alleged threats to Callaway.
It ends with Small walking away.
“I’ll scream at you f—— a—, b—-,” is then heard.
It’s the mayor who threatens Callaway, the lawsuit says.
The broadcast video ends there. But the lawsuit claims Callaway told Atlantic City Police Officer Kevin Francis: “He threatened me,” referring to Small.
“I know,” Francis would have replied.
Callaway says Francis should have accused the mayor of terrorist threats.
“Marty Small is not above the law and should be held accountable for his alleged wrongdoing on May 2,” Callaway attorney Terrell Ratliff said. “As troubled as the people of Atlantic City should be about the alleged actions of their mayor on May 2, Agent Francis’ selective law enforcement by refusing to intervene in an altercation where the politician he protected would have threatened the life of an Atlantic City citizen.
The lawsuit in federal court also names Acting Officer-in-Charge James Sarkos, claiming he was negligent in violating his duty to ensure that his officers apply the law consistently and constitutionally.
The lawsuit alleges that the city of Atlantic City has an unconstitutional policy of ordering its police officers not to intervene when a public official breaks the law before them, and the city has not adequately trained and supervised and sufficient police officers to hold public officials accountable for criminal misconduct.
“This lawsuit is not just about the mayor of Atlantic City who allegedly threatened the safety of an Atlantic City citizen,” said Rook Ringer, another lawyer representing Callaway. “These are the Atlantic City police officers who treat everyone they interact with equally, regardless of what positions of power some of those people may occupy.”
Small has previously filed a libel action against Callaway for comments regarding the case of known child pornographer Ka’yan Frazier.
Callaway claimed on two radio shows that the mayor knew that Frazier – who is his wife’s cousin – was preying on children. The Smalls have denied the allegations.
The victim’s mother then sued the Smalls, the Board of Education and others, claiming they had authorized the abuse and even that her child had been assaulted at least once in the Smalls bathroom. .
In response to this, Small’s attorney Ed Jacobs warned that those who lie about the mayor will face the consequences.
Neither Small nor Sarkos responded to requests for comment.
The newly released video begins with Callaway calling Small a “protector of child molesters.”
“I want to say something, but you’re recording,” Small says. “You and the crackhead (expletive).”
Garland later said the comment was directed at him.
“You can say whatever you want,” Callaway says. “You are a protector of child molesters. “
“You are a rat,” we can hear Small say.
Callaway then walks over to him: “I’d rather be a rat any day than someone who would protect a child molester.” “
The two men then stand face to face, exchanging more words.
“You are not in this life,” Small tells him, as a woman tries to remove the mayor. “I’ll get someone to take care of this life and we’ll see what you do.”
The two then exchange more words and, at one point, Small drops the phone from Garland’s hand.
As a result, Garland filed an assault and property damage charge against Small. A hearing is set for June 14.