CITY OF NEWBURGH – The Newburgh City Council will vote Monday on a resolution censuring Councilman Omari Shakur for his conduct during a recent confrontation with city police.
The resolution, which was posted on the city’s website, says Shakur “engaged in a wholly inappropriate interaction with members of the City of Newburgh police” when he was stopped and given a summons for a traffic infraction on Carpenter Avenue shortly after noon on Feb. 18.
The resolution also says the councilman at large “used vulgar and abusive language and obscene gestures” which were directed at the officers.
The resolution censuring Shakur concludes by saying his actions and behavior “does not represent the values of the City Council and the City of Newburgh.”
Shakur, who was elected to the council in November, issued an apology to city residents on Feb. 22, saying his behavior “fell short of the love that I feel amongst my constituents in Newburgh and of the leadership I want to represent.