Look out, Rob Ford. Looks like you’ve got a little competition for the North American Mayor of the Year Award.
Gordon Jenkins, mayor of the small upstate town of Monticello, New York, was arrested for drunk driving on November 16th. Thanks to Monticello Village Trustee Carmen Rue, the surveillance video from his holding room on the night of his arrest has been made public. Jenkins is seen in the video berating officers and repeatedly using profanity-laced racial slurs. After several hours in the office, Jenkins grabbed a clock off the wall and hurled it down the hall. The outburst earned him an additional criminal misconduct charge.
In light of his arrest and subsequent behavior, Rue and other members of the Monticello community are calling for him to step down from his Mayoral position. As of right now, Jenkins says he has no intentions of removing himself from office.
Here a few gems from Jenkins’ stay at the police station:
·“Don’t call me mayor,” says to one officer. “Call me n****r, because that’s what I am when I’m right here in handcuffs. But you know something? I don’t give a f**k.”
·“What are you going to do? Put me in jail five years? I’ll get out in five years, and I going to f***ing tell you what the f**k you did to me, and I’m going to come back to you.”
· "You still work for me, don't you,” he shouts at one officer.
· "They say you are the Klan, I believe it now,” he said to a white officer. “You are trying to lock every black mother****** in this ******* town. I believe all the f****** n****** and what they be talking about, about you. You lock my black a** up tonight. You got everybody else locked up.”
·"Maybe I should resign for Mayor and f****** be just a f****** Al Sharpton around here.”
A number of Monticello residents wish Jenkins would take his own advice from the last quote. His DWI arrest is the latest of a number of incidents over the years that have drawn the ire of the Monticello community.
In 2011, Jenkins and his longtime girlfriend Rochelle Massey pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor charges each for selling bootleg DVD’s and shoes from his store. In July of 2012, he was charged with hitting a man and striking a police officer outside of his store. After winning the mayoral election, he raised eyebrows in the community when he appointed his girlfriend to a village trustee seat. In October of 2013, he hired a friend to demolish the town courthouse for $5,000. The friend and five of his co-workers were charged with illegally dumping asbestos-laced debris into the woods. Jenkins seems like an all-around great guy.
Here is the 90-minute video from Jenkins arrest: