Mayor of Hearne Publicly Apologizes for Incident with Police

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

The Mayor of Hearne says he's sorry, but it may not have been the apology residents were hoping for.

Mayor Milton Johnson declined to comment Monday night on a December incident in which he allegedly yelled profanities at police after he was pulled over for running a red light.

However, he did apologize to the officer and anyone else offended by his "poor choice of words."

An empty seat was hard to find in Hearne's city council chambers. Residents packed the room to hear their mayor apologize.

"This will be the only comment I make concerning this issue," Johnson said.

Mayor Milton Johnson waited until the end of the council meeting to make his 36 second appeal.

"To those who had hoped for a positive outcome of this regrettable incident I applaud you," Johnson said. "To those who wish for a different outcome I will pray for you. Regardless of the circumstances that led to this incident weeks ago, those issues are something that I will address at a later date. I heartfelt issue an apology to Officer Chris Sullivan and anyone who was offended by my poor choice of words. Here's to better days ahead for Hearne."

Johnson declined to answer any questions and residents refused to go on camera, but tell us they had hoped for more.

News Three sat down with one man who witnessed Johnson's run-in with police. He chose not to appear on camera.

"I heard a male standing outside the vehicle swearing at the police officer and it sounded pretty heated."

The man says he eventually noticed it was Mayor Milton Johnson screaming at the officers.

"It was totally out of line for anybody in this position to be addressing anyone this way let alone his own police officer."

Johnson quickly left Monday's meeting, with a handshake and a smile. But whether the incident will quickly exit the minds of voters, remains to be seen.

Johnson was issued a citation for the traffic violation. The officers involved in the incident have declined to comment.

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