Published: 00:29 BST, 26 November 2013 | Updated: 13:53 BST, 26 November 2013>
Pressure is building on an upstate New York mayor to resign after footage was released of his bizarre and offensive behavior in a police station after he was arrested on DWI charges.
Gordon Jenkins, the mayor of Monticello, New York, was charged with drunk driving on November 16, but several hours of video showing him obscenely ranting at officers came to light over the weekend.
At one point, the handcuffed man pulls the clock off the wall and hurls it violently out of the door adding criminal mischief to the standing charges of DWI, refusing a Breathalyzer and obstruction of justice.
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Ranting and raving: Gordon Jenkins, the mayor of Monticello, New York, was charged with drunk driving on November 16 (seen in his mugshot, left, and in his day job, right). Several hours of video showing him obscenely ranting at officers came to light over the weekend
In the video, the mayor abuses police officers with racially fueled language, raves at them with obscenities, accuses them of insubordination and threatens them with revenge.
'You know something, Davis?' he says to one officer at the start of the footage. 'I'm the one that hired you in this job, man. I mean, it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter about that.
'But you know something? How the f**k you guys going to play the game?' Shortly afterwards, the officer professionally refers to him as 'sir' but Jenkins shoots back: 'Don't call me sir.'
'Mayor? Is that better?' the policeman says. 'Don't call me mayor,' Jenkins replies.
'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.'
Violent: At one point, the handcuffed mayor pulls the clock off the wall and hurls it out of the door adding criminal mischief to his charges
Later in the video, the mayor tells an officer: '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.'
On Friday the mayor appeared in court and pled not guilty to the charges. His driver's license was suspended but he faces another hearing on December 6.
As reported by CBS, Jenkins' attorney Michael Sussman said this was just the latest incident in a series of hostilities between the mayor and his police force.
Sussman said: 'People in Monticello who form his base have suffered indignities at the hands of the same police officers, and they understand what he was saying.'
'He doesn't sound drunk to me,' Sussman continued. 'He sounds very coherent to me, even if very angry.'
The Times Record reported that this is Jenkins' third arrest in five years as mayor. He pleaded guilty to charges of selling fake goods in 2011.
Jenkins was also charged with striking a man and accidentally hitting a police officer during a fight in 2012. And the mayor is facing pressure in the town of Monticello.
Vulgar: Jenkins abuses police officers with racially fueled language, raves at them with obscenities, accuses them of insubordination and threatens them with revenge
Village Trustee Carmen Rue helped get the videos released. She told CBS: 'He needs help. He really needs help. He needs to step down for the good of the community.'
The Monticello Police Benevolent Association is also calling for Jenkins resignation. John Riegler, president of the P.B.A., told YNN that the mayor's behavior was inappropriate.
'People behave this way, but the people we deal with aren't public officials and are not a village manager, he should've behaved a little better and known better,' said Riegler.
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