Inside Detroit City Council as Mayor Dave Bing requests City Attorney Krystal Crittendon's resignation

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing wants Corporation Counsel, Crittendon, removed from position

Author: Jim Kiertzner, Local 4 News Reporter, jkiertzner@wdiv.com
Published On: Jun 22 2012 02:19:45 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 22 2012 05:29:32 PM EDT
DETROIT -

2:28 p.m.

After several speakers, Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis said to Council President Pugh that Mayor Bing was under “time constraints.”

Pugh replied "the meeting starts with public comments.  We’re only half way through." At 2:30Bing said he had to do a conference call with D.C. and had to go.  Pugh said he would recess until the mayor comes back.  People heckled the mayor on the way out, "you can’t take the heat."

The council is in recess.

2:20 p.m.

Greg Murray who is a union VP told council and the mayor that some of the mayor’s people need to resign for “running the city into the ground." Malik Shabazz who had said weeks ago, if the state took over Detroit, "we will burn it down," said during the meeting the governor is "bullying and threatening us."  And if the state wants to help Detroitdo it "the way we want."

Edith Lee Payne said what the mayor is doing is "an improper use of the office" and she is going to file a complaint with the city ethics commission. Public comments are continuing and are getting louder. President Pugh has to remind them when they are out of time. Mayor Dave Bing sits patiently listening.

2:11 p.m.

The special Detroit City Council meeting is underway, called for by Mayor Dave Bing to fire the City Attorney Krystal Crittendon.  However, before the mayor can speak, Council President Charles Pugh instead decided to take public comment.  Several Detroit City residents are telling council and the mayor sitting right in front of them that they support the city attorney and what she did when she challenged the consent agreement between the state and Detroit.

Taking public comment first seemed to surprise Mayor Bing who is patiently listening and waiting for his turn to talk.

Citizens are given one and a half minutes to talk.  Several have gone over that allotted time and Council President Pugh has had to tell them to stop.

Read: Crittendon's lawsuit with state of Michigan
Read: Mayor's letter to Crittendon

Watch: Crittendon says she doesn't regret suit