Mount Vernon residents tell officials to grow up after screaming match

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Outraged Mount Vernon residents have a simple message for city officials: Grow up.

The reaction follows Tuesday's screaming match on the steps of City Hall after Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas crashed a news conference called by council members.

Officials and community members gathered there initially for a news conference about the need for federal oversight of the Mount Vernon Police Department. It quickly evolved into a fight, with council members and the clergy verbally attacking the police and residents tearing into Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas.

The council members have had a long, contentious relationship with the mayor and have called on the federal government to investigate what they call top-to-bottom corruption inside the department.

Police officials who spoke privately to News 12 said that many officers are upset city leaders believe they are corrupt

Members of the Mount Vernon City Council say they have reached out to the federal government to oversee the department. It is unclear whether the federal government will intervene because they have not gotten back to the council.

Brent Gamble, the head of Mount Vernon's PBA issued a statement saying, “We are definitely in need of stronger leadership from everyone including myself. There are a lot of smart people on both sides of the table. They just need to figure out how to bring that out of each other.”

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