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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins denies that he had physical contact with a city employee following an incident at City Hall on Wednesday morning.
Atkins has since been issued a citation for Misdemeanor Class C Assault for his role in the incident.
According to the incident report, Atkins was locked outside of City Hall on Wednesday morning just before 8 a.m. The complainant and a witness say Atkins began jerking on the doors, but could not present his ID badge when prompted.
Due to new security measures, the complainant did not open the door for Atkins, saying that he would need to see security.
According to the report, when Atkins did gain entry, “he approached the complainant, grabbed her by the shoulders and yelled in her face ‘Do you know who I am? Why didn’t you open the door?'”
Atkins denies any physical contact with the ladies, saying in part:
“I suppose I raised my voice a bit but I did not use profanity nor did I touch, much less shake, either of the ladies…I regret that the two ladies feel I was too aggressive in my comments, and that I ‘shook’ one of them. I totally deny that I had any physical contact with either of them. Again, my hands were full with my briefcase and files at all times.”
Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez says the city has video cameras in the area, but the 8 to 10 year old system is in the process of being replaced. There is no video of the alleged incident.
Gonzalez refused to comment further while criminal charges are pending.
“I am very sorry this incident happened and extend my sincerest apologies to both women for raising my voice at them,” said Atkins.
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