“You are a disgusting pig and have turned the city into a [expletive] toilet,” reads one of Pressman’s emails sent on June 25, 2018, which was included in the court documents.
Another email sent on Aug. 21 of this year reads, “Remember you were only elected mayor because you are a fat, black woman.”
But Pressman said he believes the mayor’s claim of harassment is a way to silence him about the city’s litter issue before the election season.
“I’m not super proud of some of the things I’ve said to her, but that is my First Amendment right,” Pressman said. “I’m certainly the bad guy at city hall, but I am just trying to pick up the trash.”
Evans said she understands the argument that a public official filing an injunction of harassment against someone may bring up First Amendment concerns. But Evans said the First Amendment protects free speech, not the consequences of free speech, and that rights come with the responsibility of using them properly.
She added she doesn’t think simply because she is an elected official that it’s OK for her to be “terrorized, stalked or harmed.”
And Evans said she has been scared, and at times scared for her life, because of Pressman’s messages over the last year.
On Sept. 19, Matthew Eckhardt was in the downtown Flagstaff area having been paid $100 by Pressman to stand outside city hall for four hours holding a sign that read, “Flagstaff Is Now America’s Dirtiest City. #RecallCoralEvans,” Pressman said.