Newburgh councilman apologizes for conduct in profanity-filled encounter with police

A Newburgh city councilman is apologizing for how he interacted with a police detective last week in an encounter captured on bodycam video that has gone viral.

News 12 Staff

Feb 23, 2020, 3:48 PM

Updated 1,552 days ago


A Newburgh city councilman apologized for his interaction with a police detective last week that was captured on bodycam video.
As News 12 has reported, the video of the profanity-laced encounter between Councilman Omari Shakur and a detective has gone viral. According to city officials, Shakur's car was in the road blocking traffic while on he was on phone last week. A police detective then drove up behind him and honked at him to move out of the way.
Police say that when Shakur did not move his car, a detective approached the vehicle and asked for his license, starting the confrontation.
Shakur would not comment on camera, but he did post a one-page statement on social media where he apologizes for "the offensive language."
Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey called Shakur's behavior toward police unprofessional and inappropriate.
"Anyone interacting and engaging with law enforcement, whether it be our police department, state police, county sheriff's department... it doesn't matter. If you're engaging with law enforcement, you are to engage in a respectful communicable way where you basically comply with their request," the mayor said.
The mayor says the Orange County district attorney is declining to file charges, and that an investigation concluded that the detective acted professionally and followed police procedures. However, the mayor says he is looking into how the police body cam video was leaked to the media during the investigation.

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