Mayor tells officer: “What are we serving, pig today?”
A Stuart, Florida police officer was inside Taylor’s Grocery store on January 11, when Mayor Eula Clarke walked in. Instead of shaking his hand and showing him a moment of courtesy, she remarked out loud, “What are we serving, pig today?”
When confronted by a local news reporter from WPTV about the incident, she didn’t seem to want to talk about it.
Andrew Lofholm reported:
Initially, Mayor Clarke wasn’t interested in telling me her side of the story.
I asked, “So what happened on January the 11 involving a Stuart police officer?”
Clarke: “Andrew, I told you I want to make a short statement to the public.”
So I tried again.
“Did you make reference to a pig in reference to a Stuart police officer?” I asked.
“Again, I’m telling you that I support law enforcement,” she replied.
Christopher Collins at Conservative Firing Line noted,
After the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association got involved, she issued an apology for what she called an “unfortunate incident.”
An “unfortunate incident.” The Mayor of a town insults a police officer who is sworn to protect that very town calls him a pig and it’s just an “unfortunate incident.”
Mayor Clarke has told John Kazanjian, President of the police association that she just wants to move on, and is willing to meet with the entire department sometime next week to apologize.
“It happened. That was something that happened. It’s done with. I want to move on. I want the officers to work for our community. I want them to believe in what I do as mayor. To believe in what they do for their jobs. I just want to make sure that they know I have their backs.” Eula Clarke
But she doesn’t “have their backs,” and that’s the point. Anyone can say things they don’t mean in the heat of an argument or an angry moment. But just seeing a police officer in a grocery store is not one of those moments. That officer woke up that morning, put on his uniform, his gun and his vest, fully ready to defend her and her city. Instead, she hurled an insult at him. Any “apology” she comes up with is irrelevant.