Miguel Roberts / The Brownsville Herald via AP
De Leon’s resignation comes nearly three weeks after a recording of De Leon using the n-word and f-word to describe the prosecutors was posted on social media.
“They are f—ing … and I would say this, that I would never dare use that word, but you know what, yes, there are a couple of n—–s in there that think that all of us are f—ing taco eaters,” De Leon said
After receiving backlash from city officials and members of the community, he
publicly apologized for the remarks in a city hall meeting Tuesday night. He said he made a “terrible mistake,” but that he wouldn’t resign.
Veronica Sanders, one of Brownsville assistant district attorneys De Leon mentioned in the recording said she is relieved that De Leon resigned and can now move forward.
“When a person is in his position, it is their job to represent the city and the last thing to do is call people names,” Sanders told NBC News Friday. “He put on one face in public and another in private.”
In an apology letter to Sanders in September, De Leon said that in a moment of frustration he wasn’t thinking about his words. “Hopefully one day I will be able to right my wrong,” read the letter, a copy of which was seen by NBC News.
De Leon was elected in May 2015 and his term would have expired May 2019.
Follow NBCBLK on