- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

WARREN, Mich. (AP) - A city council in suburban Detroit has declined to take action against the mayor, who is accused of making disparaging remarks against mentally disabled people.

Dozens of people attended a council meeting Tuesday, demanding the resignation of Warren Mayor Jim Fouts. He denies that it’s his voice on recordings that describe the disabled as “retards” and “dysfunctional.”

The secret recordings were released by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, the highest-ranking official in the county. Fouts and Hackel are feuding over allegations that Hackel allowed soil to be illegally dumped at an amphitheater in Sterling Heights.

Warren City Council member Ron Papandre says he voted against investigating Fouts because the allegations don’t involve running the city.

Fouts says the recorded comments are “disgusting.” He also says, “I know it’s not me.”

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