A Florida story that's made quite the stir made it all the way to The New York Times and other national news sources. The Tamarac City Commission was honoring deputies in a special presentation that included newly crowned "April 2019 Deputy of the Month," Officer Josh Gallardo. During the proceedings, Commissioner Mike Gelin took the microphone to share some heavy remarks (to say the least):
“You probably don’t remember me, but you are the police officer who falsely arrested me four years ago. You lied on the police report. I believe you are a rogue police officer. You are a bad police officer, and you don’t deserve to be here."
Mayor Michelle J. Gomez tried to salvage the moment, but the awkward silence had already taken hold of the room. She deemed the comments "highly inappropriate."
Commissioner Gelin had this to say: “Wrongful arrests have lifelong impacts on people and happen more than people would want to believe. I need to be a voice for the people who don’t feel like they have a voice or the courage to express their voice.”