Newburgh council to censure Shakur

This will be the second time the city council will have censured Shakur for his offensive language and actions

NEWBURGH – The vulgar rant aimed at Newburgh City police officers by Councilman Omari Shakur will earn him a formal slap on the wrist.

The city council will vote to censure him when it meets this coming Monday evening.

Shakur, who is in the first year of a four-year term, cursed at the officers who asked him for his driver’s license when they found him stopped in the middle of Carpenter Avenue just after noon on February 18.

Newburgh City Councilman Omari Shakur curses out city officer who asks to see his driver’s license

The incident was recorded on a police body camera; Mid-Hudson News obtained and posted the episode, which went viral.

The resolution to be voted on by Shakur’s fellow council members states that he is “censured for his actions and behavior… Be it further resolved that Mr. Shakur’s actions and behavior does not represent the values of the City Council of the City of Newburgh.”

At the city council meeting days after the incident, some council members said he should not have acted as he did, but none of his colleagues called for his censure at that time.

The censure resolution was not on the council’s workshop agenda last Thursday.

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