Oregon councilor resigns over post criticized as racist

Salem Councilor Daniel Benjamin resigned Wednesday

Benjamin resigned after a Facebook post that was criticized as racist. November 25, 2016, (Daniel Benjamin's Facebook page)
Benjamin resigned after a Facebook post that was criticized as racist. November 25, 2016, (Daniel Benjamin's Facebook page)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon city councilor has resigned after sharing a social media post that shows cars hitting African-Americans at demonstrations.

The Statesman Journal reports that Salem Councilor Daniel Benjamin resigned Wednesday.

Benjamin, who is white, had shared a video on his Facebook page that showed cars plowing into black demonstrators.

The video itself was posted in January by someone else on Facebook, with a caption that said people were getting tired of Black Lives Matters activists blocking roads.

Benjamin issued an apology Tuesday, saying he shared the video because he was appalled at the brutality depicted.

The Associated Press was unable to verify the authenticity of the video or determine its original sources.