Mayor Fouts once danced like a monkey in a conference room to imitate black people, his former political consultant said.
Civil rights leaders also are calling on Fouts to resign.
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The federal complaint alleges the city holds racially discriminatory elections.
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts also is facing calls for his resignation.
“I thought he was going to strike me,” said Warren Treasurer Carolyn Moceri.
Supporters of the ordinance expressed frustration, saying the city missed a golden opportunity to create safeguards against favoritism.