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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger
In statement released following the altercation, Wilton Manors Commissioner Ted Galatis apologized for shouting the n-word at a woman during an argument that started in a grocery store parking lot.
“I apologize for my use of the ’N’ word. It is something I never say,” a statement from Galatis said. “I offer no excuse, other than it was uttered when I was being threatened in front of my own home.”
Galatis and his wife defended their actions as necessary because of the threαt they felt coming from those in the car, according to a Raw Story report. According to the police report the woman driver followed Galatis to his home, honking at him, while the two shouted at each other.
Galatis admitted to WTVJ that he “may have” used the n-word, but it was while he was “protecting myself from the immediate threat.”
Galatis’ wife, Donna, defended her husband as well.
“What did they say to me?” Donna Galatis told a reporter who asked her about the slur. “White b*tch, I’ll slice you up.”
In a police report obtained by WTVJ, a woman said Galatis “began calling her and her passengers the slurs in a Publix parking lot on Sunday. The driver told police that Galatis should not be allowed to “get away with it.”
Galatis told police he may have used the language but felt threαtened.
Neighbors who talked to the station said that the parking lot confrontation did not excuse the racist slur.
“Unfortunately that just doesn’t go,” one neighbor explained. “I mean, it’s unfortunate you can’t say words like that and take them back. You know you got to pay the price. Donald Sterling just paid the price for what his situation was. ”
The use of such words is not illegal, and no charges are being filed, the TV station reported.
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com and can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.