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Monticello mayor charged, police call for resignation

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The police union is calling for Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins’ resignation after an altercation involving officers. YNN’s Venise Toussaint has the story.

MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- A police officer was injured and four people, including Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins, have been charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct after an altercation on Broadway.

“I’m very upset about it and it’s disturbing,” said acting Monticello Police Chief Lt. Mark Johnstone.

It happened outside of Jenkins’ G-Man Beauty Supply store.

Police were called to store around noon on Tuesday. When officers arrived, they say Jenkins and his girlfriend were in an argument with another couple.

“There was some pushing and shoving inside the store between all the parties,” Johnstone said.

After removing the couple from the store, police say the argument got heated again, at which point Jenkins, who was pushed by the man, threw a punch, which accidentally hit an officer. Jenkins denies the allegations.

"When you hear my story, it will clear up a lot of the lies that people are saying out there,” said Mayor Jenkins.

The incident fueled an already tense relationship between the Mayor and police department.

Jenkins, who pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit sneakers at his store last year, heads a police commission monitoring the department’s spending and complaints.

The police union is calling for his resignation.

“This person needs to be removed from political office and convicted of any crimes against him,” said Police Benevolent Association President John Riegler.

“I’ll have a statement in a couple of days with the truth. The truth will prevail and tell the whole story,” Jenkins said.

The officer suffered neck and head soreness.

Jenkins has hired an attorney and will appear in court next week.

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