Future Pa. Police Chief Apologizes for N-word

Farrell, Pennsylvania’s future police chief publicly apologized after he admitted to using a variant of the n-word in an email earlier this year.

Thomas Burke made the statement around 4p.m. Monday at the city’s municipal building.

“To everybody here, to everybody out there, my deepest. I cannot tell you, from the bottom of my heart. I am truly sorry. I apologize deeply,” Burke said.

Burke also apologized for his lack of judgment when the email was sent.

WKBN reportedly received a copy of the email about a fundraiser sent in April 2015, which contained the following comments:

“Good morning. Please click and review. Even a one dollar will be greatly appreciated. Them Sharon n****ers gotta learn how to read.”

Olive McKeithan, the town’s mayor, said that Burke admitted to her that he wrote the word in an email earlier this year. She says she supports him.

“As the mayor of Farrell and as an African American, I stand behind Mr. Burke as police chief for the City of Farrell,” she said. Until you get to know a man’s character, you can’t judge him by one off-the-cuff remark, or else we would have to judge all white people as equally guilty.”

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