SELMA, N.C. - Some residents in Selma attended a public hearing, not expecting to hear Mayor Charles Hester begin the meeting with offensive remarks, resident Tony Tetterton told NBC17 in an email.
The comments were recorded on video.
City leaders held a public hearing to discuss the rezoning of a tract of land for industrial use for a proposed ethanol plant.
At the beginning of the meeting, Hester commented that there was "one" that "stirred up the crowd" and then suggested that there should one day be a "lynching".
The Mayor did apologize for making the comment.
NBC17 called the Mayor's office about his remarks, but has not received a call back.
The video is now on youtube.com.