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FL Republican: I Only Called Them the N-Word Because I Felt ‘Threatened’

A Florida city commissioner apologized for shouting the n-word at a woman and her car’s passengers but defended himself, saying he only did so because he was “protecting himself” from an “immediate threat.”

According to a police report that was obtained by WTVJ, Wilton Manors Commissioner Ted Galatis “began calling [a woman] and her passengers ‘Ni**ers’” following a road rage incident.

She reportedly pleaded with the police that he not “get away with it.”

The woman, identified as Layota Pinkney, said “I never got called that word before. I thought he was a drunk man, he was looking drunk.”

Speaking to WTVJ, Galatis admitted that he “may have” called them the n-word but was “protecting myself from the immediate threat.”

Galatis has also released a statement saying, “I apologize for my use of the ‘N’ word. It is something I never say. I offer no excuse, other than it was uttered when I was being threatened in front of my own home.”

Right. I offer no excuse. But here’s my excuse.

His wife Donna says the passengers in the car threatened her, saying “white bitch, I’ll slice you up.”

According to police, the car had been honking at Galatis at a Publix parking lot on Oakland Park Boulevard and then followed Galatis home. That’s when Galatis unleashed his verbal tirade.

One neighbor isn’t buying it, however.

“Unfortunately that just doesn’t go,” their 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.”

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