Newly-Elected Mayor Pushes Reporter, Cries Racism Following His Arrests

Sharpsburg Mayor Robert Williams allegedly made racially-charged insults and inappropriate hand gestures towards police.

Sharpsburg, NC – A newly-elected mayor barged in to an emergency city council meeting on Tuesday night to declare that city officials and local police were “biased and racially motivated” against him, then shoved a news reporter as he abruptly stormed out.

The purpose of the emergency meeting was to discuss concerns raised by the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association, which claimed that Sharpsburg Mayor Robert Williams made racially offensive comments and obscene gestures towards police, WRAL reported.

Williams’ anti-police behaviors began just hours after he was elected on May 8, when he was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol after he left a polling site.

According to The News & Observer, Williams had a blood-alcohol content of 0.13 at the time of his arrest.

Williams was also charged with two counts of resisting a public officer, carrying a concealed handgun in private premises, having a concealed gun after consuming alcohol, and carrying a concealed weapon during that incident.

Less than two weeks later, an officer pulled Williams over for driving with a revoked license – a condition that had been imposed due to his pending drunk driving charge.

According to WNCN, the mayor convinced officers not to charge him for the driving violation.

The union further asserted that Williams violated various city policies and state laws by removing the police commissioner in order to appoint a commissioner of his choosing, WRAL reported.

"Any action to set aside existing law and authority that supersedes local authority or law is not only patently absurd, but clearly unlawful,” union executive director John Midgette said in a June 7 letter to the commissioners, according to The News & Observer. "The actions reek of personal bias and retaliation."

The union planned to discuss their concerns with the commissioners during the Tuesday meeting, but the lack of quorum prevented the commissioners from being able to take action.

Williams, who claimed he had been targeted because of his race, barged into the meeting to say his piece.

“I’m requesting that the meeting be delayed because of the actions,” the mayor said. “I have asked the town attorney, who refuses to call me back…”

“That’s incorrect, sir,” Town Attorney Brian Pridgen interrupted.

“Excuse me, sir – I am talking,” Williams retorted. “And that I have asked for this meeting to be delayed because I don’t have appropriate representation because of what this biased and racially motivated council has against me, so that’s all I have to say.”

But then he said more.

“We will deal with this action because its all racially motivated, even with the police officers,” Williams continued. “And that’s all I have to say. Have a good evening.”

Williams and his entourage then left the meeting and went outside, where the mayor became irate with reporters.

“Get out of my face, man! Bye!” he yelled at one reporter, as he pushed him aside. “You’re not allowed to be filming me. Bye.”

“Mayor, have you been drinking?” the reporter asked, as Williams walked away.

On Wednesday, The News & Observer asked Williams to comment on the incident.

“Talk to my attorney in reference to that. Goodbye,” he said, before hanging up the phone.

Another meeting to discuss the mayor’s behaviors was expected to be scheduled for this week, WRAL reported.

Comments (12)
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JBo
JBo

Hang on Sharpsburg residents...I suspect you're in for a real roller coaster ride. Your tax dollars at work.

RunCop
RunCop

That's one racist POS lowest common denominator! Hey lowest common denominator......Target is selling Baby Daddy cards so you'll probably receive a ton on Sunday!!

Hunterriley
Hunterriley

Who wants to bet me he played that race card Everytime he spoke...btw in less than a year I bet 2 things...1 he steals money and 2 poverty increases 100% in Sharpsburg

Mrs10
Mrs10

So he's trying to blame the town attorney for something and then it turned out the attorney was at the same meeting... Funny stuff!

satmantoo
satmantoo

These people voted him into office! Did they not know what a racist he is or is this another “vote by color” thing that anyone other than Black people are suppose to ignore.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I'd ask for a vote of no confidence on his sorry assed excuse of a "mayor".

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

And people wonder why race relations are so bad. It’s with people like that causing problems and he was just elected. He started hollering racism but he is the one using racial slurs toward officers doing their job. Until people like this change racism will continue to be an issue. The wrong people are being blamed for being racist!

SDLucas
SDLucas

When I was a young Army NCO, I had a soldier who accused me of racism because I was "riding him" (He was a malingerer, and lazy shirker of basic duties), in the presence of our (Black) First Sergeant; "Top" just laughed, and said "Private, we ain't pickin' on you 'cause you're black, we're on you cause you're a... rotten soldier." It's the worst kind of true racism to make everything about race.

Black Americans and other "people of color" HAVE experienced, and in some places, still do experience, systematic negative discrimination. And, more and more commonly, some black Americans other "people of color" try to use the aforementioned fact to excuse or evade the consequences of bad or unlawful conduct, but they're not be persecuted or discriminated against, they're just being held accountable. "Playing the race" card is often actually an insult to those who suffered under, opposed and overcome systematic negative discrimination and who have gone on to serve and achieve excellence in the performance of their jobs and professions, like my 1SG, or any of the outstanding LEO's on almost every force who share this jerks skin color but not his character defects.

Betts122
Betts122

Considering the source.......this doesn't surprise me. He should be removed from office for his prejudice against the Police officers and for his drunken behavior. This is typical behavior.

Grog
Grog

Typical!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

His actions tell you all you need to know about this POS!! He's a drunk, racist, bigot, entitled asshole and thinks the rules and laws dont apply to him. This is not the type of person you want in office.

I_raped_HCD
I_raped_HCD

Alcohol doesn't make you an asshole. It just makes you a bigger asshole.