Stuart, Florida - Residents in the south Florida town of Stuart are not happy with Mayor Eula Clarke after she threw an open insult at an officer in their town.
The insult came from Mayor Eula Clarke while inside of a grocery store. Mayor Clarke reportedly said, "What are we serving, pig today?," when she entered the store and saw the officer. After the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association got involved, she issued an apology in what she called an "unfortunate incident."
According to John Kazanjian, the president of the local Police Benevolent Association, a Stuart police officer was inside Taylor's grocery store on January 11th when the Mayor, Eula Clarke walked in. The officer then left the store, very upset by the verbal insult made by the mayor of the town he was hired to protect.
Clarke has since come under sharp scrutiny for the incident. She embarrassingly tried to avoid questions on whether it actually happened during a recent interview with WPTV.
When a local reporter tried to interview Clarke about the incident, she begun by trying to skirt the details. "So what happened on January the 11 involving a Stuart police officer?," he asked.
"Andrew, I told you I want to make a short statement to the public," she said.
He tries again by asking her, "Did you make a reference to a pig in reference to a Stuart police officer?"
"Again, I'm telling you that I support law enforcement," she replied. She scrambled to dodge the direct questions but later backtracked and said, "It happened. That was something that happened. It's done with. I want to move on. I want the officers to work for our community. I want them to believe in what I do as mayor. To believe in what they do for their jobs. I just want to make sure that they know I have their backs," she said.
Clarke continued to say that she had met with the officer and "expressed to him how sorry it is that this unfortunate event happened."
Unfortunate event? You mean when you hurled derogatory insults at an officer that got dressed that day by putting on a bullet proof vest to go protect the citizens of your city? The same officer that grabbed a gun knowing he may need it to protect himself and others, maybe even you. And again the same officer that probably stood in that store with his view on the door, always watching, always ready, only to have his own mayor walk in and disrespect him and our nation's police officers.
Mayor Eula Clarke, you just showed the citizens and the department exactly what you think of your men and women in blue and quite frankly, you should feel the repercussions of your behavior.
Clarke later issued an apology to the Police Benevolent Association. One that, while appreciated, is not enough. "It's a first step," Kazanjian says. "That's just on paper. Anyone can write that. She needs to get with the men and women."
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