“Number one I was shocked and then number two is angered.” said Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz describing his reaction to a city commission calling members of his staff the “N-word” in a one-on-one interview with News Center 23’s Derick Garcia.
Brownsville Commissioner At Large Cesar De Leon is in the hot seat after a racial slur and profanity laden audio record leaked online. In a report with the Brownsville Herald, De Leon is apologetic and said “I want to apologize to the citizens of Brownsville or whoever had to listen to those tapes because there is a lot of profane language and that was a private conversation. It was never meant to be public, but it’s very important that people understand that I’m very apologetic.”
“I find his apology to be insincere. I like other members of the community believe that he should resign and leave that office and leave that to somebody else who has the proper temperament” said District Attorney Saenz.
News Center 23 has yet to receive a comment from De Leon. The 4-hour recording is outraging many in the community because De Leon called two black district attorneys with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office the N-word. “There are a couple of f******* n****** that Luis Saenz is getting, and I don’t know where he is getting them from,” “They are coming down to my (expletive) city and now they are trying to (expletive) put everybody in jail because they think we are a bunch of Mexicans that hit our wives, which couldn’t be further from the (expletive) truth, but that is how they see us.”
According to the Brownsville Herald’s report De Leon claims the recording was leaked and edited by Lt. Carlos Elizondo. News Center 23’s Derick Garcia previously reported the public demotion of Elizondo from Brownsville Fire Chief to Lieutenant. Elizondo did not elaborate to News Center 23 the reason for the demotion. Elizondo did not return our request for an interview on the alleged leak. “Whether a political enemy released it or a priest down the street released it. It does not matter the words speak for themselves it is what it is.” Said District Attorney Saenz.
“At the end of the day his remarks stand for themselves and speak for themselves they are racist today they were racist yesterday and they’ll be racist tomorrow…” Along with De Leon and Elizondo not making public comment, Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez has remained silent on the matter as well. News Center 23 reached out to his office for comment our calls have yet to be returned.