Colleagues Refuse To Reprimand Commissioner Who Bashed Deputy At Award Ceremony

Tamarac City Commissioner Mike Gelin said he has no regrets about accosting Broward Sheriff's Deputy Joshua Gallardo.

Tamarac, FL – The Tamarac City Commission said it will not reprimand the city commissioner who publicly accosted a Broward sheriff’s deputy during an awards ceremony in September.

During a commission meeting on Monday night, city leaders decided they would do nothing to hold Commissioner Mike Gelin accountable for the comments he made to Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Gallardo, WPLG reported.

“There is no motion for censure, and we thank you very much for this conversation," Tamarac Mayor Michelle Gomez declared, following a nearly three-hour debate about the issue, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

On Sept. 25, Deputy Gallardo was the recipient of a Deputy of the Month award during the Tamarac city commission meeting for his role in apprehending an illegal alien with an international murder warrant out of El Salvador, WFOR reported.

He and other deputies shook hands with city leaders and posed for photographs before Gelin suddenly grabbed the microphone and called Deputy Gallardo back to the front of the room, Tamarac Talk reported.

The interaction was captured by a camera inside Tamarac City Hall.

“It’s good to see you again,” Gelin told the unsuspecting deputy as he approached. “You probably don’t remember me, but you’re the police officer who falsely arrested me four years ago.”

“You lied on the police report,” the commissioner declared. “I believe you’re a rogue police officer. You’re a bad police officer, and you don’t deserve to be here.”

Deputy Gallardo flashed the commissioner a thumbs-up, then wordlessly walked away, the video showed.

The commissioners stood idly by as Gelin handed the microphone off to Gomez, who made an unsuccessful attempt to smooth things over.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we appreciate, as a whole, the [sheriff’s office] and everything that you do for us,” Gomez said. “Thank you for your service to our community. We appreciate you. Please take that away from here today.”

Her comments were met with weak, scattered applause, after which Gelin abruptly walked away.

He didn’t return for the rest of the meeting, Tamarac Talk reported.

Later that day, Gelin attempted to comment at the end of a public budget hearing, but his colleagues refused to acknowledge him, according to the paper.

Commissioner Julie Fishman later blasted Gelin on Facebook for stripping the moment of appreciation and praise away from Deputy Gallardo, Tamarac Talk reported.

“One of the most important ideas of being an elected official is conducting oneself with dignity and in an ethical manner; not using the office you are in for personal gain or personal use,” Fishman said.

Gomez later said she was “completely shocked” by Gelin’s verbal attack on Deputy Gallardo, WPLG reported.

“This was not something we were expecting," the mayor said. "It was supposed to be a wonderful morning. We were giving the awards for the BSO deputies of the month. It was supposed to be a feel-good time."

Gomez initially said that she was looking into the city’s civility code to determine whether or not Gelin’s comments were a violation, WFOR reported.

If it was determined that they were, the commissioner could have faced censure, suspension, or potential removal from office by the governor.

During Monday’s commission meeting, Gomez maintained that Gelin should have addressed his issue with Deputy Gallardo at another time, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

She also expressed disappointment that Gelin’s comments became national news.

“Our police deserve much better,” she said.

But Gelin offered no apologies for his conduct and argued that he was the one who was victimized.

“I am not alone,” he said, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Police misconduct affects our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends and our family.”

He also complained that he has “received messages of hate,” since he publicly lambasted the deputy, and alleged that his family’s safety has been “compromised,” according to WFOR.

During a prior interview, Gelin said he had “no regrets” about calling Deputy Gallardo a “rogue officer,” the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

“The way I look at it, I know someone who falsely arrested me and mistreated me and I only wonder how many other people he has done this to,” he told the paper.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Broward leader Marsha Ellison defended Gelin and said his comments were “a matter of public safety,” the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

“It would appear there is no right time to call out police misconduct,” Ellison complained. “We are not anti-police. We are anti-police misconduct. We are anti-bad police who don’t do the right thing.”

More than two dozen people provided comments during the commission meeting on Monday, WFOR reported.

One black resident warned the commission that the community would “get seriously vocal” in the event Gelin was censored.

“Thank you, Mike, for your courage,” the same resident added.

Comments (91)
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TWalters
TWalters

If Deputy Gallardo falsely arrested him there is a time and place to address those allegations. Commissioner Gelin abused his power. Which is no different from what he is accusing Deputy Gallardo of doing.

Wish505
Wish505

Deputy needs to seek legal counsel on this matter and if wrong doings are discovered hold this fool accountable for his actions. Press on Deputy and continue to do you job and don't hesitate to stop anyone who breaks our laws.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

"It would appear there is no right time to call out police misconduct..."

Nailed it. Any time is as good as any, because it's always a bad time as far as they see it.

hoss377
hoss377

And it says a lot about the town of Tamarac City,definitely a place i will avoid.

flybynight
flybynight

Sounds like they (city father's) had a fear of the town bursting into flames if things turned out differently. Rodney Kings effect I guess you could say.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Ahhh, I see.... the commissioners were concerned, because "One black resident warned the commission that the community would “get seriously vocal” in the event Gelin was censored."

That's the problem: there is a lack of accountability for their actions. If you misbehave, there are no consequences, which means it's completely acceptable to do it again. That is the precedent the elected officials are making, and a huge problem with society. It's almost like there are a different set of standards based on the color of the offenders skin, which sounds pretty racist if you ask me.

And they are likely scared that if they stood up for a LEO who was wronged, they would lose public support when the next elections occurred.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Did I miss something?? What was the commissioner arrested for 4 yrs ago? Did he file a complaint back then? What happened to the charges? If a felony, was that made public prior to his appointment/election?

Propolice
Propolice

Business as usual for black Police Haters. This pimp should have been fired but you know, it’s all about black “privilege “.

Code911
Code911

By refusing to bring this Commissioner's disrespectful and disgraceful act up for reprimand, censorship or worse this governmental body went "blindly" along and accepted this untoward conduct by an elected official. Tis is the very reason citizens are "sick and tired" of these lemmings following along and failing to bring such despicable acts before the public they serve for disciplinary action. The Board is as guilty of disrespecting this Deputy as was the loud mouth Commissioner. They all need to be removed by the voting public.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Entitled bigoted piece of shit!!!

investigator
investigator

Let me put his as politely as possible....Gelin is a useless POS!!!!!!

COPS STAND TOGETHER
COPS STAND TOGETHER

This Deputy Gallardo by the affidavit did his job or internal affairs and or the prosecution team would of had his butt. This Gelin who doesnt even have the respect or dignity to be called a commissioner is a disgrace to his position, community, and with this media attention I would say the whole damn state. For the rest of his colleagues to back him up well 1 Vote in 1 Vote out and if I were in that County I would vote each and everyone of them the hell out. Show this Gelin that these Liberal Politicians do not run our country, our streets, or our Police officers. He may think he is a tough man, put him out on a beat in a rough neighborhood with gunfire, or domestic violence call, or fight in progress. $100 dollars says his big mouth runs home and our men and woman like Gallardo go toward the fight. Deputy your the bigger man and we stand behind you. Thanks for your service and putting up with idiots behind the "MIC".

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

It's too bad the people in the town put up with that. They should have his head on a platter. Must be a town full of snowflakes, guilt ridden over their "white privilege". Of course that's the type of low life, disrespectful behavior you can expect, when you put a black thug in power, over the officer that busted him.

OakwoodLT5
OakwoodLT5

Typical one sided bias from a 🐑🦋 liberal society who love to attack but scream foul if it happens to them. They are worst then pathetic

HFD120
HFD120

Tamarac city council must all be women. Have to be....they're all ballless.

adammcculler
adammcculler

If he was this much of an ass 4 years ago..it wasn't a false arrest.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Here is the video Mike Gelin took of his arrest. Jump to 3:00. Not sure why this website keeps eating the link, so use this one, and delete the spaces...

https://tinyurl.com/y 6 5 f k h a s

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

I would like to know where your income from, You and that man must have to the same school. Are you going to blame the police when you lose your job being dumb That policeman has more guts and class than you People like you always try to belittle others to bring their self-esteem up? In your case, nothing is going to help

Les_gpt
Les_gpt

Gelin did right! Just as police publicly charge people they need to be publicly rebuked!

Bailey17
Bailey17

Commissioner you know you were wrong and one day it’s going to catch up with you so let your conscience be your guide!!!! Good job Deputy for being the bigger man!!!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Deputies arrested Gelin for resisting an officer without violence. In the arrest report, Gallardo wrote that he repeatedly told Gelin to “not continue to approach me from behind” and that he “advised him he could continue to record,” both of which directly conflict with the video. Prosecutors chose not to pursue the case.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article235907477.html#storylink=cpy

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Politicians are pussies.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Only wondering why he didn’t file a lawsuit for the false arrest ? Seems to be the norm nowadays