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Midwest City resident claims he was mistreated for filing complaints, supporting public safety

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - What started as a Midwest City resident filing complaints to the city about an empty house next door called an “eye sore” has now turned into a discrimination complaint.

This is after one resident told NewsChannel 4 that city leaders talked down on him for having a sign in his front yard that said, “Make Public Safety a Priority.”

This is after the city decided to reorganize the fire department, which created what some people say a safety issue in certain parts of the city.

It has been since April 2014, Brandon Burns has been complaining about the house next door.

"Dilapidated structure. It was overgrown, overrun with cats," said Burns.

The case made it to the City Council and a resolution was signed by the mayor to demolish the property.

However, the new owner made the necessary repairs to save the home.

"It's a win, if there's a house there that people can live in rather than vacant property. We would prefer that," said Mike Stroh, Neighborhood Services Director.

Burns said, while the house is no longer the issue, he now says he was mistreated by city leaders for filing multiple complaints and for the sign in his front yard.

"He said that the fire department is just a bunch of crybabies, and that they're just throwing a fit because they didn't get their way," said Burns.

We asked the Neighborhood Services Director if, in reference to the fire department, he called them a bunch of crybabies.

"I can't argue what he quoted me, because I don't know what was said. I can't tell you what I ate last weekend," said Stroh.

Burns said another code enforcement officer posted their frustrations with him on social media, saying “It's a shame that the City of Midwest City does not move rapidly enough to make Brandon Burns happy.”

We asked Stroh if this is how city employees should be acting on social media.

"No, it shouldn't be happening. I've asked my guys to quit and stay off of it," said Stroh.

For Burns, he said he encourages other residents to speak up if they find themselves in a similar situation.

"Us citizens need to stick together, we are the ones that hold our city leaders accountable," said Burns.

Midwest City issues have raised a lot of concerns on social media.

Recently, Midwest City firefighters bought a billboard that said the "mayor does not care for public safety."

Then, on the mayor’s Facebook page, the same billboard was posted but changed to the fire department "does" support him.

Firefighters then sent a letter to the mayor from their attorney to remove the false picture from his Facebook page.