A Galveston woman claims Councilman Dan Becker verbally attacked her Monday at the U.S. Post Office, 240 W. Galveston St.
Elizabeth Quigley of Galveston made a complaint to the League City Police Department after the incident, stating she felt threatened because Becker used a loud, angry tone and she felt she was being verbally pushed around, according to the event report.
Becker denies that happened, but he was at the post office in League City on Monday, he said.
“The only thing that occurred out of the ordinary was that I helped a gentleman who was confined to a wheelchair to get access to his vehicle so that he could back into it to leave,” Becker said in a text message.
Quigley told police that Becker screamed at her and verbally attacked her because of how she had parked, according to the event report.
Susie Jones also was standing in line at the post office when a man in an orange jumpsuit stormed in and started yelling, she said.
He demanded to know who had parked an SUV in a handicapped zone as the startled lunchtime line of customers stared at him, Jones said. When no one answered, he yelled again, Jones said.
“The two postal people just kept their heads down,” Jones said.
Quigley was near the front of the long line and had almost made it to the counter when she spoke up and said it was her car, Jones said.
He continued to yell at her as she went outside, where she pointed out she was not in a handicapped spot, Quigley said.
“I felt like we should do something,” Jones said. Jones did not know Quigley or Becker before the incident, she said.
When Quigley first saw Becker in the orange jumpsuit yelling in the post office, she wondered whether he were an escaped prisoner, she said.
After the incident, someone else in line said the man was Becker and that he was on the city council, both Jones and Quigley said.
“We were all in shock,” Quigley said.
Becker said Wednesday he had seen a man in a wheelchair who couldn’t get to his vehicle, and he offered to ask the driver of the vehicle parked in the next spot to move.
Quigley was rude and unwilling to move her vehicle at first, but she moved it and went back inside the post office, he said.
“It is not at all surprising that such a selfish and callous individual would then lie about what happened and try to blame someone else,” Becker said.
Quigley had handicapped plates on her vehicle, but she was able to walk and should not have parked there, Becker said.
Quigley, who owns an insurance company in Nassau Bay, also works as an advocate for the elderly, she said.
The police have not charged Becker for the disturbance, spokesman Kelly Williamson said.
In 2013, Becker and fellow Councilman Dennis OKeeffe got into a shoving match, which turned into a physical fist fight at city hall, The Daily News reported at the time.
Both Becker and OKeeffe were charged with disorderly conduct, but Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady dismissed the case because of a lack of evidence.
In 2016, a League City group organized a recall of Becker, but it did not gather the 6,000 signatures needed to start the process.