It was September 2019 when the City of Tamarac held a city commission meeting to honor six Broward County Sheriffs for their work in the community. One of the officers, Officer Joshua Gallardo, who was named as deputy of the month, was also praised for his heroism after he arrested a man who was wanted by Interpol for a murder he had allegedly committed in El Salvador, says The Washington Post. After the officer received his award and returned to the commission chambers, he was called back down by City Commissioner Mike Gelin.

Rather than commend the officer as all others had just done, Gelin started off by saying “You probably don’t remember me, but you’re the police officer who falsely arrested me four years ago.” Gallardo, who was still holding his award, nodded silently. Gelin went on to say, “You lied on the police report. I believe you’re a rogue police officer, you’re a bad police officer and you don’t deserve to be here.”

The news source says Gallardo then gave Gelin a thumbs up and walked away. The comment left the room silent up until Tamarac Mayor Michelle J. Gomez came back on the microphone and “reminded everyone present that the city appreciated the work of the sheriff’s office.” The days following the exchange between Gelin and Gallardo were filled with both support and criticism.

 

Gelin Hosts a “Cops and Community Forum” in March 2020

 

After Gelin’s comments made the headlines of various news source sites, he later admitted that “he should not have embarrassed the deputy at the city meeting,” reports CBS 4. However, he still “wants law enforcement officers and members of his community to have a deeper understanding of each other.” In an effort to do this, Gelin recently hosted a “Cops and Community Forum” in March that was expected to help the community “understand the fear, the anxiety, the stress, [and] the trauma that these police officers have when they encounter a situation and they need to walk away understanding how we feel when we encounter them.”

While it is evident that police officers play a vital role in keeping our communities safe, there are some officers who abuse their authority and mistreat the civilians they come in contact with. If you are a victim of police misconduct or were falsely arrested by an Opa Locka, FL police officer, perhaps you should speak with an Opa Locka, FL police brutality lawyer to learn more about your legal rights. USAttorneys.com works closely with some of the best FL police misconduct lawyers in the field and can connect you with one now.

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