A Florida city commissioner apologized after admitting that he used the n-word because he “felt threatened” during a road rage incident Sunday.
The incident was sparked when a car began honking repeatedly at Wilton Manors Commissioner Ted Galatis in a Publix parking lot on Oakland Park Boulevard, according to a police report obtained exclusively by NBC6. The car followed him home, where the driver said Galatis “began calling her and her passengers ’N______,’” the report states. The driver then called the police, saying she was upset about the slur and “did not want him to get away with it.”
“Unfortunately that just doesn’t go,” [a] neighbor said. “I mean, it’s unfortunate you can’t say words like that and take them back. You know you got to pay the price. Donald Sterling just paid the price for what his situation was. “
In a statement provided to NBC6, Galatis said he felt threatened by the driver and others inside of the vehicle. He said he “may have” used the slur “while protecting myself from the immediate threat.”
“I apologize for my use of the ’N’ word. It is something I never say,” the statement reads. “I offer no excuse, other than it was uttered when I was being threatened in front of my own home.”
Galatis’ wife told NBC6 the passengers launched verbal attacks of their own, and referred to her as a “white b****.” The mayor has no comment on the incident and no charges have been filed.
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