Hal Marx, the mayor of Petal, Mississippi, rejected calls for his resignation after his comments in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis sparked controversy.
The Petal Board of Aldermen on Thursday held a special meeting seeking to persuade Marx to step down.
"I will never surrender to the mob mentality," said Marx, adding that he and his family had received death threats.
Residents, with emotions running high, called for his resignation. Protests, sparked by his comments, are planned over the next three days.
The dispute started Tuesday when Marx tweeted "Why in the world would anyone choose to become a police officer in our society today?"
The mayor was referring to the police officers who were fired Tuesday, a day after Floyd died after being pinned to the ground by one of the officers.
Marx received backlash, but he says his words were misinterpreted by some.
Jason A. Darby, another Twitter user, responded by saying, "Would be nice to get a few in there that understand reasonable force, when itís needed, and donít give the rest of them a bad reputation."
What followed was a response by Marx that ignited criticism on Twitter:
"If you are talking about the incident in MN, I didnít see anything unreasonable. If you can say you canít breathe, youíre breathing. Most likely that man died of overdose or heart attack. Video doesnít show his resistance that got him in that position. Police being crucified."
The tweet and his account have since been deleted.
What Marx meant, he said, was no one knows for sure how Floyd died or what the circumstances were before he was pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer.