I-Team: Mayor Responds to Racism Claims

EXETER, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)   A Luzerne County Mayor is feeling the heat after being accused of racism.  Those allegations are coming from current and former police in Exeter. They say the mayor "ordered" them to racially profile African Americans.   We first told you about the racism allegations against the Mayor of Exeter on Eyewitness News at Five.  Now that mayor is firing back.   I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick with what the mayor has to say in a story you'll only see on Eyewitness News.

 

Exeter Mayor Herman Castellani says allegations made by former Police Sargent Leonard Galli and other officers are pure nonsense..

 "I said nothing about the colored people nothing I'm not that stupid. I'm smarter than that, this is a personal vendetta against me and it's another piece of garbage Galli put out.." Mayor Castellani told the I-Team.

Tough words about former police Sergeant Leonard Galli. Galli, who was fired this week, filed a complaint last month with the borough solicitor claiming that Castellani told officers in their words -  "The Mayor wanted police to get rid of the colored people."

"He wanted us to basically to investigate the 'coloreds'. He didn't want 'coloreds' in town. He wanted us to remove them from the town so to speak." Said Galli

 

When the I-team asked  Mayor Herman Castellani-  about the comments, he stressed
"  Absolutely not, that is a complete lie a complete lie. I'll out put my hand on a stack of bibles anytime and call those people liars."

Exeter council president Thomas Shannon is defending the mayor.. "To me it's fictitious, that's all I could say."

 The Exeter borough solicitor tells Eyewitness News he will investigate the allegations. He will then make a report and forward that to the borough council. it will be up to the council to decide to what to do next.


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