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Black councilwoman scolded by cops for inciting race riot, storms out of meeting

A race-baiting councilwoman in New York stormed out of a public meeting last week after a police sergeant called her out for trying to foment a riot.

“You can’t talk about public safety and assist in public unrest,” said Troy, N.Y., police Sgt. Thomas Hoffman, who took the microphone Thursday at a Troy City Council meeting to describe Councilwoman Anastasia Robertson’s actions.

anastasiarobertson0908According to Hoffman, the incident occurred when two white police officers patrolling a largely black neighborhood investigated a romantic dispute between two women, one white, one black. The white woman left the scene, Hoffman said, so the officers questioned the black woman.

Absurdly, that led the gathering crowd to accuse the officers of racism and targeting blacks. Then Robertson, an elected official with at least nominal relations with the police officers, showed up and made things worse, Hoffman said.

Hoffman said Robertson, who is black, got in one officer’s face with her cell phone recording and said: “This is why the black community doesn’t respect the police. You only go after black people.”

Robertson offered no denial or defense. She only got up and left the meeting.

This isn’t Robertson’s first time making news outside Troy for her crazed reactions when it comes to race.

According to the Daily Caller, in the immediate aftermath of the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown, Robertson posted an inflammatory comment on the black-oriented website The Grio referring to the United States as “AMERIKKKA” and writing that blacks have become a “race to disseminate and destroy” that will be eliminated by whites.

“We are hogs for slaughter,” she wrote.

In another comment, she wrote: “Does America want a race war?”

Robertson posted the comments through Facebook. She has since deleted them. She also apologized for them Thursday night before Hoffman spoke.

At the meeting, Hoffman asked the council for an ethics investigation into Robinson’s actions, noting that she endangered her own police officers.

“I’ve been a proud member of the Troy police department for almost 25 years,” said Hoffman, who is president of the Troy Police Benevolent Association, the police union.

“And I have never witnessed a more disrespect towards the group of men and women, who put their lives on the line everyday for the citizens of this community.”

Check out the video of Hoffman’s accusations here:

And here’s the video Robertson recorded, via the Troy Record. It doesn’t show the confrontation Hoffman described, but it makes clear the hostility police officers were facing in the crowd.

 

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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