representative Bob Allen apologized to Brevard County's
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
on Tuesday night, after blaming his being charged with
sexual solicitation in a public bathroom on his fear
of being attacked by a black man. The Florida Civil
Rights Association is calling for Allen's resignation
for his comments.
"This was a
pretty stocky black guy, and there was nothing but other
black guys around in the park," Allen said in a recorded
statement to police after his arrest. He argues that
the recorded interrogation was taken out of context
when it was released to the news media.
"I don't consider
that a racist description," Allen said, according to
WFTV. "The description was of the people outside the
facility and inside the facility with me. They described me
as an overweight, disheveled white man. I don't
consider that a racist description."
Allen told the
NAACP that he would not resign his position in the state
legislature. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.