A California mayor has resigned for sending an email stating he didn’t “consider there’s ever been an excellent particular person of colour killed by a police officer” — a message he insists was despatched erroneously.
Temecula Mayor James Stewart, who was elected in 2016, stepped down late Thursday after the phrase “good” was allegedly unintentionally added to a message he dictated by voice-text in an email, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. On the time, Stewart was responding to a resident who had requested how town was addressing police brutality.
Stewart, who has dyslexia, dictates the messages he sends. He insisted in this case that he by no means meant to specific that sentiment in the Tuesday email, which was later posted to social media, sparking requires his resignation.
“Sadly I didn’t take the time to proofread what was recorded,” Stewart informed the newspaper Thursday. “I completely didn’t say that. What I stated is, ‘and I don’t consider there has ever been an individual of colour murdered by police,’ on context to Temecula or Riverside County. I completely didn’t say ‘good,’ I don’t know how that popped up.”
After initially asking to be forgiven for the “egregious error,” Stewart resigned late Thursday as mayor and head of the Temecula Metropolis Council amid threats of rallies in response to his email, the newspaper stated.
“Metropolis of Temecula, I hear you, I agree with you, and I deeply sorry,” Stewart stated in a press release. “You’ve got each proper to be damage and offended. My typos and off-the-cuff response to an email on a severe matter added ache at a time the place our neighborhood, and our nation, is struggling.”
Stewart, who insisted he’s not a racist, acknowledged that even his “sincerest apologies” wouldn’t rectify the controversy.
Mayor Professional Tem Maryann Edwards stated in the city-issued assertion that Temecula was “poised to shut this chapter” and hold combating towards racial injustice.