Police: Newburgh councilman caught on video verbally abusing officer during traffic stop

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A heated confrontation was caught on a body camera between a Newburgh councilman and members of city's police force.

Authorities say Councilman Omari Shakur was obstructing traffic and they asked for his driver's license, registration and proof of insurance.

The police-recorded video stretches on for nearly a half hour, as police repeatedly ask Shakur to comply. At one point in the video, Shakur threatens to run over one of the officers with his vehicle. He also uses obscene language and hand gestures.

The Newburgh PBA issued a statement saying in part, “Raymond Bryant 'Omari Shakur' is a true racist and a horrible human being and does not represent the great people of the City of Newburgh.  He preaches hatred to the youth and that is clear on the way he spoke to our officers on that day.  This is not the first time he has done this to our officers, it is just the first time that it made it to the media."

Newburgh's Mayor Torrance Harvey says the incident is under investigation. The video also getting the attention of Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus who says in part, “The police video from the City of Newburgh is very disturbing. Law enforcement is a dangerous profession as it is, and officials need to set the example by showing them respect and support."

News 12 reached out to Councilman Shakur for comment but have not heard back.

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