VIDEO: Ex-Con City Councilman Launches Vulgar Anti-Police Tirade At Officers

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Newburgh City Councilman Omari Shakur launched into a profanity-laced tirade during a traffic stop on Feb. 18.

Newburgh, NY – Newburgh City Councilman Omari Shakur launched into a profanity-laced tirade when a city police officer tried to speak with him about blocking traffic with his vehicle last week (video below).

Shakur, a convicted felon who spent years in prison and struggled with addiction prior to being elected to the city council in November of 2019, stopped his vehicle in the middle of Carpenter Avenue to talk on his cell phone on Feb. 18, according to the Times Herald-Record.

A Newburgh police officer happened to be behind him and the officer briefly honked his horn in an effort to get Shakur to move his SUV out of the roadway, the MidHudson News reported.

The councilman refused to move his SUV, then began arguing with the officer when he approached him.

A second officer responded to the scene as the situation escalated, bodycam footage showed.

“I sat behind him beeping my horn. He refused to move,” the initial officer explained.

The second officer told Shakur to simply hand over his license and registration so they could wrap up the stop and get everyone on their way.

“I’m not giving you nothing!” the councilman declared. “Then f--king arrest me!”

The officer calmly explained that Shakur had not committed an arrestable offense and that he simply needed to check his driver’s license.

“I’m sitting here taking care of official business,” Shakur interrupted, waving his cell phone around. “Get the f--k out my face… I’m sitting here talkin’ about some official business!”

“I’m you’re f--king boss!” he suddenly declared, pointing his finger at the initial officer. “Get the f--k outta here!”

Shakur then got back on his phone and began complaining to someone about being pulled over.

The councilman repeatedly refused to hand over his license and declared that the officer was “harassing” him, the video showed.

“I’m not giving you nothing! Arrest me!” he yelled. “Or get the f--k out my face.”

Shakur then dialed up someone on his phone again and told them to come pick up his vehicle, claiming that the police were about to arrest him.

“Nobody’s arresting you,” the initial officer pointed out. “You’re going to get a ticket, and that’s that.”

The city councilman then started to roll up his window, at which point the officer grabbed onto it and opened the driver’s side door.

Shakur called the officer a “punk -ss motherf--ker" and repeatedly argued that he hadn’t been blocking traffic.

He then threatened to drive away and told one officer he should “get ready” to draw his duty weapon, the video showed.

The officers repeatedly tried to calm Shakur down, but he still refused to cooperate.

“This is city business I was taking care of,” he told a supervisor who responded to the scene.

The supervisor then confirmed that Shakur was on the city council.

“Didn’t even know it was him,” the initial officer told another officer quietly, shaking his head.

As the supervisor and the initial officer stepped away from the suspect’s vehicle for a moment to discuss the situation, Shakur suddenly cranked up the music in his SUV and began dancing in his seat, the video showed.

“Fight the power! F--k the police!” he yelled out his window. “And I ain’t going to wait all day for this f--king ticket.”

Shakur later waved his middle finger in the air as motorists passed by.

“These are f--king pigs right now!” the councilman shouted. “These ain’t police. These are pigs.”

Shakur also likened the local police force to both the “Gestapo” and the “KKK,” and said he is tired of them coming through “his streets” wearing their “blue costumes” and “jumping outta cars with their fingers on the trigger, hoping they can shoot any…black n----r ,” the video showed.

At one point during the stop, Shakur began yelling back and forth with people off-camera, telling them about what the “pigs” had done.

“This was official business I was on,” he told them. “This punk -ss motherf--ker behind me… ‘cause he’s got his little f--king badge, this mother--ker don’t know I’m his f--king boss!”

He also alleged that the officer who stopped him “has a history” of “harassing” him.

“I had a lawsuit against him,” Shakur said. “This is retribution… You see how long it take him to write a f--king ticket? Dumb motherf--ker. If he didn’t have a job here, he’d be somewhere milking cows, dumb stupid motherf--ker.”

When the officer brought Shakur his citation, the city councilman promptly sped off with it, nearly running over the officer’s foot, bodycam footage showed.

Newburgh City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Vice President Mike Loscerbo released a statement about the incident on Feb. 21, the MidHudson News reported.

“Raymond Bryant ‘Omari Shakur,’ is a true racist, a horrible human being and does not represent the great people of the City of Newburgh,” Loscerbo declared.

On Saturday, PBA President Derek Campbell said that the city is standing behind the Newburgh Police Department (NPD).

“To watch fellow officers be verbally abused by a politician, especially one from the very city they serve, is heartbreaking to say the least,” Campbell told the MidHudson News. “Our members work on a daily basis with the brave men and women of the City of Newburgh Police Department, who are among the most professional, hard-working and dedicated police officers.”

Campbell noted that Shakur “preaches hatred to the city youth,” as evidenced by his vulgar tirade during the traffic stop.

“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,” the PBA president added.

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus also denounced the city councilman’s actions.

“Elected officials are held to a higher standard and are supposed to conduct themselves as such,” Neuhaus told the MidHudson News. “The police video from the City of Newburgh is very disturbing. Police officers don’t work for one man or one woman, they work for the people.”

“Law enforcement is a dangerous profession as it is and officials need to set the example by showing them respect and support,” Neuhaus added.

In a statement on Saturday, Shakur said that he has asked the city to conduct an independent investigation into the incident, the Times Herald-Record reported.

He claimed that the officer who stopped him told him to be careful unless he wanted to “end up like [his] son,” 23-year-old Antonio Bryant, who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in 2006, according to the Times Herald-Record.

Shakur alleged that the threat was made before the officer with the bodycam showed up, yet he made no reference to it during the entirety of the video.

“I want to apologize to the residents of our city for the way I responded in a recent police encounter,” he said in the statement. “The reaction displayed is not who I am and I fell short of the love that I feel amongst my constituents in Newburgh and of the leadership I want to represent.”

“I believe that all people should be treated with respect and dignity, and that includes members of the police department,” Shakur continued. “That respect must be reciprocal. Though I was not afforded that respect, I should not have reacted in the manner that I did.”

On Sunday, Newburgh City Mayor Torrance Harvey announced that an outside organization will be investigating the incident. He commended the officers for their professional conduct during their interaction with Shakur.

“I support ALL of our City Police officers and commend them for showing patience and deference in the given circumstances, according to the video,” Harvey told the Times Herald-Record. “After speaking with our District Attorney for Orange County David Hoovler, our City Police Department did nothing wrong, according to his investigation, and I stand in agreement with him.”

Harvey said that Shakur’s behavior was both “unprofessional [and] unacceptable,” WNBC reported.

“No one, whether you're an elected official or not, should speak to any law enforcement officer in that regard," the mayor added.

Shakur, 63, served six years in prison after being convicted of a first-degree assault in 1987, according to the Times Herald-Record.

When he was released from prison, he returned to drug abuse and spent another brief period in jail before he turned his attention to being an activist.

According to police, Shakur’s son was fatally shot after he opened fire on Newburgh police after a pursuit.

But Shakur claimed that his son’s death was connected to the protests Shakur was leading against the NPD at the time.

“I didn’t see it as a coincidence,” he told the Times-Herald Record in January. “I was protesting, I was angry, until I realized that I couldn’t bring my baby back.”

He made unsuccessful runs for county legislator in 2009 and 2017, and also lost the mayoral race in 2015.

In January, Shakur said that his relationship with the NPD is “definitely getting better,” the Times Herald-Record reported.

Watch a short clip of Shakur’s 25-minute tirade in the video below:

Comments (67)
Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Wow... another criminal politician who is an elected representative and acts like a hood rat straight out of the ghetto..
What a surprise.. said no one.
Shouldn't there be law about past felonies not allowing you to be a trusted elected official???

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DocRyder
DocRyder

Acts like? That's exactly what he is and what elected him.

Buzz17
Buzz17

I believe there IS such a law, at least there is in the state of MN! Makes you wonder why it's not a federal law.

ikaika
ikaika

Affirmative action aka black entitlement.

Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant

Not acting, 100% hood alley rat scumbag that had a son just like him another wannabe thug that is nothing but worm dirt... It's best i was not that officer because it would have been asphalt diving time.
Don't let your BS jail house talk get you anywhere but jail.

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RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

What’s with the trend of hiring ex-cons then acting surprised when they revert back to their old ways? People want to complain, you get what you vote for

sturnman22
sturnman22

No character, no class, no ethics - great city employee. You get what you elect. Shame on the electorate!

flybynight
flybynight

And people vote for this? Sorry, not sorry!!!!

JBoH
JBoH

Yawn...standard theater from criminals. Seems to be hung up on the "F" word though. Might be the only way he can form a sentence.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

"The reaction displayed is not who I am" oh, I'm pretty sure that reaction was EXACTLY who you are.....

Props to the officer for staying professional; it's embarrassing that the city councilman didn't do the same.

Nawdew
Nawdew

If you have nothing to hide, what is the problem? You can't park in the middle of the street thinking it is legal moron. Sorry of this offends the weak-minded and the thin skinned, but this guy proves, you can take the boy out of the hood, but you can't take the hood out of the boy. Try acting like an adult and the position you hold.

Nick920
Nick920

This guy is going to find himself mouthing off to someone who doesn’t have a career, pension and family to worry about . When that officer retires , I hope he runs into this clown and gives him what he earned that day !

Lochemet
Lochemet

I don't understand how a felon could be elected to an official gov't position. Aren't there certain requirements for background? Can just any scum bag criminal, (maybe former) druggie be elected to an official office. He certainly doesn't represent the majority of citizens in his city - he more represents the hood rats and the like. It's really too bad that there isn't some kind of recourse for the behavior of these disgusting so-called officials. This guy is an absolute official... _______ you can fill in the blank, since I don't actually use that kind of language :)

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

''In January, Shakur said that his relationship with the NPD is “definitely getting better,” the Times Herald-Record reported.

Watch a short clip of Shakur’s 25-minute tirade in the video below:''

Getting better? I can only imagine how bad this interaction would have been only 1 month ago. Geez... what a hood rat this convicted felon and lifelong troublemaker he is..

Where's the entire clip for comedic purposes? #rolltape

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Was anyone running against this guy, or did just the -D get the vote?

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Full video

Tagging @2jazzyj

Doty911
Doty911

Who in the heck are voting in these ex-cons into political office? Besides ex-cons, there are so many Anti-Americans being voted into office, I am trying to figure out who are voting for them.

LEO0301
LEO0301

His real name is Raymond Bryant Jr. I'm having a hard time figuring out why he wasn't arrested. Don't they have a disorderly conduct statute in New York? Wait a minute, is this all part of the new New York "don't arrest a criminal" campaign ?

lauraaz
lauraaz

The Newburgh City voters must be so proud!

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Crackhead need to go. He appears to be an ignorant hood rat convict that feels entitled.

“Official business” has what to do with blocking traffic?

Was he buying drugs on his call?

CaseFile
CaseFile

I'm posting because I felt compelled to alert BlueLivesMatter the media has found more videos including one the Councilman is threatening to shoot Officers.

The City's Council is catering to the Councilman's request to self-investigate, using a private investigative firm, and during the Council's February 24th meeting the City's Mayor indicated his hands are tied. Personally, I find the Council's handling outrageous.

Sgt167
Sgt167

What happened to convicted felons not being able to run for elected office?! After 10 minutes he definitely would’ve been cuffed and stuffed for obstructing police. What a POS destined to follow his POS kid.

BubbaDon'tPlay
BubbaDon'tPlay

He called himself a nigger. Does that mean that it's ok for me to agree with him?

Neonanne
Neonanne

Who elected this pos?

LEO 2000
LEO 2000

5:05... when he pushed the detective... "That's when I arrested him your honor."

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Fucking black counselman with an attitude. I wish they would have just shot his ass.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

What a JOKE, JERK, and ASS!!!!!! This is what happens when you give the wrong people power and control. He needs to resign IMMEDIATELY!!!!! This is WRONG on all accounts. YOU DO NOT ACT THIS WAY WITH THE POLICE, REGARDLESS OF YOUR PART-TIME LITTLE POSITION!

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

PS - Is there not a noise ordinance in the City? I'd nail the bastard on that too and really give him something to bitch about! What a total LOSER!

DarrellB
DarrellB

This low life was defended by church pastors at a recent council meeting. It is clear the "people" there want this kind of "representation".
Guess what? You got exactly what you elected!
Votes have consequences!

The express
The express

You know what I have notice over the years is that the people that call other people the (N) word are just that. I would have to say this is just more proof just look at this POS.

garciajbg1
garciajbg1

I can't believe people think they are above the law. If he would just show his license it was be over quickly with no problems. Why make it into a big problem, come on people just show your license or ID when a peace officer tells you to.

ShadowGryphon
ShadowGryphon

“I want to gaslight the residents of our city for the way I responded in a recent police encounter,” he said in the statement. “The reaction displayed is who I am and I have no love for those who uphold the laws in Newburgh and no respect for the leadership I represent.”

“I believe that only I should be treated with respect and dignity, and ” Shakur continued. “That respect must be given to me because I demand it. Though I was afforded that respect, I reacted in the manner that I did because I am a petulant adult infant.”

There, fixed it.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This entitled, racist asshole should never have been elected to city council. The dope can't even speak proper english. He should be punted off city council. The video says it all. Racist police hater!

Tarheels2020
Tarheels2020

why would a sane person act like that. I probably say he's lucky raining if he's officers because what I see there's a few that would have arrested him..

61mouse
61mouse

NY enough said

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

THIS is what happens when you elect people you know NOTHING ABOUT. Shame on the Voters,,SHAME ON THE VOTERS

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

Just another SAVAGE who thinks that HE IS SOME BODY.
He is lower than whale sperm, and that's the lowest !!!!!!!!

Zcamaro
Zcamaro

name sounds Muslim😠

Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

Should have locked his punk ass up...

Trefflek
Trefflek

WOW!! this man deserves to be beaten!!

DRCOPDAD1
DRCOPDAD1

Should have been arrested and then fired! We are seeing more of these types of people slipping into governmental positions and like a cancer destroying our system from within!

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

So where’s BullshitAllDay & LowestPossibleBrainCell to defend this ignorant, racist ChakaKhan?!?!

SoFedUp
SoFedUp

Apparently, I've lived a sheltered life. It's shocking people like this actually exist, much less that they are elected to public office! And they wonder why they're stereotyped by the majority of humanity... is there no end to this unbelievable cycle of ghettos breeding more trash? I feel it's a lack of Christian morality that has created this downfall among humans.

Wish505
Wish505

Just another TND.

Stop Criminals
Stop Criminals

The name kinda gives it away 😜 Those kooky Democrats have really shown nothing but class lately. I cant be the only one who's #walkedaway because of the blatant condoned insanity that's flourishing within the party of cannibalism.

Grateful4LawEnforc.
Grateful4LawEnforc.

Here is the phone # of one of his fellow council members. Please tell him that this extremely unprofessional, profane member of his council needs to be charged with obstructing traffic, disturbing the peace, etc., and then removed from office without pay...or Shakur should resign immediately. ( 845) 564-4552 councilmanruggiero@townofnewburgh.org. Paul Ruggiero


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