Mayor accused of harassing police officers – The Wilson Times

SHARPSBURG — A law enforcement group has accused Mayor Robert L. Williams of lashing out at town police with racial slurs and rude hand gestures on the heels of his drunken driving arrest.

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association says Williams’ behavior and his bid to strip Commissioner Randall Collie of police department oversight “reek of personal bias and retaliation.”

State PBA Executive Director John Midgette wrote a June 7 letter to the mayor and commissioners claiming “a pattern and practice of inappropriate conduct by the mayor toward the town’s police officers to include racially charged insults and inappropriate hand gestures directed at officers.” (Read more)

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Sharpsburg mayor alleges racial bias, storms out of meeting – WRAL

SHARPSBURG, N.C. — Mayor Robert Williams interrupted an emergency meeting by the Sharpsburg Board of Commissioners on Tuesday evening to claim local officials and police are biased against him because he’s black.

Williams then stormed out, pushing a television news reporter out of his way.

Within hours of his election last month, Williams was charged with driving while impaired after leaving a local polling site. He also was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, having a concealed gun after consuming alcohol, carrying a concealed handgun in private premises where prohibited and two counts of resisting a public officer.

Less than two weeks after that, Williams was pulled over again and cited with driving while his license was revoked. His pending DWI charge meant he wasn’t supposed to be behind the wheel. (Read more)

Video shows new Sharpsburg mayor’s confrontation with CBS 17 reporter

SHARPSBURG, N.C. (WNCN) – Video from Tuesday afternoon shows the new mayor in Sharpsburg yelling at and pushing a CBS 17 reporter

On May 8, the night Robert Williams Jr. won the election for Sharpsburg mayor, he was arrested on a DWI charge.

An emergency meeting Tuesday in response to some allegations ended up being canceled because the new mayor was late.

CBS 17 reporter David Hurst was there for the meeting and tried to ask Williams questions.

However, Williams tried to block the CBS 17 camera, yelled at Hurst and pushed him away at one point, according to video. (Read more)