Mt. Vernon councilman, candidate argument turns physical

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MOUNT VERNON -

An argument at a bar in Mount Vernon involving a city council member and the mayor's brother turned physical.

News 12 cameras captured Steve Thomas, the brother of Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas, as well as Mount Vernon City Councilman Andre Wallace, coming out of the police department late Thursday night.

Thomas, who is running for City Council, was apparently holding some sort of meet and greet at Maggie Spillane's Ale House to speak with potential voters.

Wallace told News 12 he'd just left Democratic headquarters and decided to go to Maggie's to have a drink and say hi to people because it was a political setting.

News 12 does not know what caused the altercation, but the two men ended up outside.

"He pushed me and I turned to him and said, 'do not push me,'" said Wallace.  "Then I heard shouting to stop…and when I went to look and turn my head, he punched me in the side of the head, in the ear."

Meanwhile, council candidate Thomas said, "Unfortunately when people come around you and they have no real intention on doing well, especially for the city…we have a lot of work to do here and when people spit in your face, it's a problem."

Wallace claims Mayor Thomas and his detail were there, and that the mayor's detail threw him against the wall, twisted his arm behind his back and told him to take a walk.

Mayor Thomas said in a statement that his brother is pursuing charges.

Wallace says he asked for the mayor's brother to be arrested, but no action was taken and he has now filed a police report.

Other City Council members like Lisa Copeland say they also want to see the situation looked into.

"There's a pattern here," Copeland tweeted. "Let's let the state police investigate and look at the video."

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