All the racial tension simmering beneath North Miami's political surface -- where the Haitian-born mayor has faced corruption probes and blamed the accusations in part on white enmity -- came to a head on Tuesday night in the city council. Mayor Andre Pierre exploded at Commissioner Michael Blynn, calling Blynn's daughter a "prostitute" and ordering Blynn's wife tossed from the meeting by security.
Now, Riptide has obtained a fiery email that City Clerk Michael Etienne sent the next day to an activist calling Blynn a "bigot" and a "cancer on our society."Update
: Etienne called Riptide to stand by the statement and affirm that he "believes this man is a bigot and he is a racist." Blynn, too, has responded, denying Etienne's accusations and telling us he's "pursuing all remedies available to us under the law."
Pierre's outburst at Blynn came during a discussion over a whether to privatize the city's trash pickup service. Pierre's nephew and former campaign manager, Ricardo Brutus, is awaiting trial on corruption charges
after prosecutors say he tried to wring cash out of a businessman who wanted the trash deal done.
Blynn said that the high fees raised by the proposal are the direct cause of why Brutus "is facing a bribery charge," NBC Miami reported.
Here's video of the verbal fight: