The mayor of the New York town of Monticello, Gordon Jenkins, was filmed going on a racist rant after his DWI arrest. Jenkins was arrested on Nov. 16 and charged with DWI, refusing a Breathalyzer, obstruction of justice and criminal mischief. In the first minute of the surveillance video recorded at Monticello police headquarters, Jenkins refers to a white police officer as “cracker,” “honky” and “peckerwood.”
Jenkins told one of the officers that “you don’t have control…because these motherf*cking crackers work for you.” He also told a police officer not to refer to him as the mayor, but to “call me ni**er because that’s what I am when I’m here in handcuffs. They say you are the Klan. I believe it now. I believe all the f*cking ni**ers and what they be talking about, about you.”
Although he has since pleaded not guilty to the charges, his license has been suspended. A trial date for the DWI charges has yet to be determined. This isn’t the first time that Jenkins has found himself in trouble with the law, though. He pleaded guilty in 2010 to selling knockoff sneakers from a store he owns and was arrested last year for hitting a police officer.
Monticello Board of Trustees member Carmen Rue has since called on Jenkins to resign from office; although Jenkins has since apologized for behavior, he said he has no plans to step down.
(Photo: Monticello Police Department)