Ore. councilman could face reprimand for gesture

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A Western Oregon city council has voted to consider a reprimand for one of its members who was accused of raising his middle finger at three community-aid group volunteers, one of them a 12-year-old girl.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://bit.ly/oKyWgN ) Silverton Area Community Aid volunteers complained to the city council about the alleged gesture by city councilor Scott Walker at a recent community festival.

Volunteer Rayann Alger of Silverton Area Community Aid says the conflict arose when Walker declined to make a donation at a city council meeting. At the festival, Alger says Walker raised his middle finger at her and two young volunteers.

Walker denies making the gesture, and says he is "stunned" that people believe the accusation.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com