NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – The mayor of North Miami Beach has a powerful message for city staff days after a longtime resident was eliminated from a commission meeting.
Speaking with reporters at a information convention held Thursday, North Miami Beach Mayor Anthony DeFillipo didn’t mince phrases.
“One of our longtime residents, Mubarak Kazan, had his civil rights violated by our city manager, Arthur Sorey III,” he stated.
Kazan expressed his outrage about what occurred in and outdoors City Hall on Tuesday.
Cellphone video captured Kazan standing exterior of the constructing.
“This is Mubarak Kazan. He is being kicked out,” stated a person within the video. “Police are being used to protect politicians.”
Kazan’s digital recorder was briefly confiscated after he left it recording by a speaker. He stated he left it there whereas he went to use the restroom.
The cellphone video exterior City Hall captured North Miami Police officers as they stood between Kazan and the doorways to the auditorium.
Kazan stated he has recorded city commission conferences for years.
“It was like a normal thing for me to be doing over the decades,” he stated.
DeFillipo stated the way in which Kazan was handled was unacceptable. He additionally referred to as out Sorey for orchestrating the incident.
“What happened on Tuesday night is unjust, unconstitutional, not right and will not be permitted,” stated the mayor.
When requested whether or not he’s asking Sorey to step down amid claims of corruption, DeFillipo replied, “Loud and clear.”
Speaking with 7News over the telephone on Wednesday, Sorey stated Kazan’s recorder had raised suspicions and was an unknown gadget that was picked up by officers earlier than Kazan was confronted exterior the meeting.
“This should not occur and should have never occurred,” stated DeFillipo as he put his hand on Kazan’s shoulder.
The mayor referred to as for Sorey’s removal for what he referred to as wild spending and for chauffeur providers for at the very least one commissioner.
A name to Sorey’s telephone quantity went to a recording stating he has not arrange a voicemail.
As of Thursday night time, Sorey has not responded to 7News’ calls for remark. When he spoke briefly with 7News on Wednesday, he declined a proposal for a telephone interview and stated he was in a foreign country.
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