Warren Mayor Jim Fouts will not face any criminal charges after making threats during a phone conversation with an appointee, the Macomb County Prosecutor's office announced Friday.
The Michigan State Police had launched an investigation into Fouts' threats after the appointee recorded the conversation and handed it over to state police. Fouts' threats allegedly were directed toward two former Warren city employees who, Fouts said, had been bashing him online.
"If I saw him in the (expletive) street and had a baseball bat I would beat the (expletive) down to the (expletive) ground," Fouts is recorded saying. "It would take me just a little bit to find a (expletive) gun and blow his (expletive) head off. That's how pissed off I am."
The Warren mayor later apologized for the comments.
"I was venting in what I thought was a private and personal conversation with someone I trust. I'm embarrassed, apologetic and I ask for forgiveness. I gave in to anger. I am responsible for inappropriate language and I apologize to all Warren residents," he said.
Dean Alan, Chief of Warrants for the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, determined that the Mayor’s remarks violated no Michigan law.
"Mr. Fouts' statements violated no statute and do not form a criminal act under Michigan law," Alan said in a statement released Friday.