This Brian Nieves/Shawn Bell mess is really starting to get ugly.
St. Louis Beacon:
According to Bell’s complaint, an angry Nieves grabbed Bell and shouted obscenities. At one point, Bell’s complaint alleges that Nieves head-butted him, displayed a gun and threatened to kill Bell. Nieves ordered Bell to take off his shirt, in part so Nieves could see if Bell was wired with a hidden tape recorder, the complaint says. Bell also was ordered to lie on the floor and feared he was going to be killed, the complaint says.
Nieves also called his wife and ordered Bell to apologize to her, the complaint says. During the call, Nieves is alleged to have scrolled through Bell’s text messages stored on his cell phone. Later, the complaint says, Nieves got a bit calmer and allowed Bell to leave.
We received this email letter from a “John Franks” about a week before last Tuesday’s primary election. We decided rather quickly not to post the letter because the allegations were frankly too far out there – even for us! There were no pictures, no recordings, no testimony from credible witnesses; just an email making very serious allegations. So we left it alone.
But, after Mr. Bell filed a complaint with the authorities saying he was assaulted by Mr. Nieves at Nieves’ campaign office, we have decided to post the letter. Why? Because with this being such a high profile case, these allegations will get out – either in the public domain or in a court of law. If Mr. Nieves is allegedly willing to risk his political career by assaulting his opponent’s campaign manager over rumors and innuendos, then we believe it’s news to inform our readers of what those rumors and innuendos are.
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