Spanish Fort mayor who slapped female city employee in public arrested for harassment
Multiple sources, including the victim as well as law enforcement, said the incident took place at the city hall and was captured on camera.
SPANISH FORT, ALABAMA: Michael McMillan, mayor of Spanish Fort, was arrested for allegedly slapping a woman city employee in the face. However, he was released after posting bond shortly after.
Speaking to NBC 15, multiple sources, including the victim as well as law enforcement, said the incident took place at the city hall and was captured on camera.
According to the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, the woman filed a complaint, saying the mayor assaulted her on October 21, while the incident is believed to have happened on October 1.
McMillan turned himself in on November 1 shortly after the woman signed off on the warrant.
According to City Attorney David Conner, he is working with the city clerk to conduct an internal investigation that is separate from the ongoing criminal investigation against the mayor.
The city attorney stressed the mayor should be considered innocent until he's proven guilty.
“She alleges that happened, that was done,” Conner said. “I'm sure the mayor would take a different position about that as to how that occurred, and we'll let that unfold and go from there.”
“We started doing our investigation I believe it was on October the 7,” he said of the internal probe. “We've been interviewing employees, gathering information.”
“There is some video footage that the cameras did catch,” Conner said of the alleged video evidence. “We've had some request for those records, we're reviewing those requests now and we're giving responses as they relate to those requests.”
The mayor is ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim. However, he is allowed to continue day-to-day activities.
As per the law, slapping falls under harassment.
"Harassment is touching or subjecting a person to physical contact with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm that person," according to state criminal code. "Harassment also includes threats that a person intends to carry out that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety."