Shawn Escagne is a regular attendee of Groves City Council meetings and would always sit in the front row so he can record the meetings.
On March 4, Escagne switched from sitting up front recording the meetings on Facebook Live to using a remote camera on the podium that would record the meeting in 360 degrees.
Mayor Brad Bailey said he asked those with cameras to move to the back of the room as the cameras obstructed the views of some of the attendees and to not use remote cameras.
Escagne moved to the back to record but left a remote camera at the podium.
Prior to the meeting, Escagne and Bailey had numerous unpleasant interactions with each others. Escagne called Baileys’ employer 16 times, spoke to Human Resources, and made threats to call a local news station as well as threats towards Baileys son.
According to The Groves News:
“The HR person asked what Escagne wanted from the company, and Escagne said they shouldn’t have Bailey representing the company, then threatened to call a Houston TV station to let them know Bailey was employed there. “He commented that he was going to destroy your son’s golfing career and yours as well,” the HR representative’s email to Bailey read.”