VIDEO: City Commissioner Accosts Deputy During Ceremony To Honor Him

Tamarac City Commissioner Mike Gelin called Deputy Joshua Gallardo a "rogue" officer who didn't deserve the award.

Tamarac, FL – A Broward sheriff’s deputy who was publicly accosted by a Tamarac city commissioner during an awards ceremony on Wednesday morning took the high road by refusing to respond to the commissioner’s brazen attack (video below).

Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua 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 Tamarac City Commissioner Mike 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 Tamarac Mayor Michelle 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 said that she is looking into the city’s civility code to determine whether or not Gelin’s comments were a violation, WFOR reported.

If they were, the commissioner could face censure, suspension, or potential removal from office by the governor.

Gomez stressed that Gelin’s views are not reflective of the rest of the commissioners’ beliefs.

“That’s one person’s personal experience and grudge that was unfortunately laid out in a public forum, an inappropriate forum in my opinion,” she told WFOR.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony traveled to Tamarac later the same day to meet with Gelin about the issue, and said they had a productive conversation.

“The venue and the comments and the way they were presented in a public setting was inappropriate,” Sheriff Tony told WFOR. “We talked to him about it, about how I was disappointed with his behavior and it was unacceptable. Surprisingly, the commissioner was very receptive to it and understand he could have took a different approach and we’re gonna work together to make sure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.”

Deputy Gallardo arrested Gelin in 2015 after Gelin allegedly refused to move away from the scene of an assault, despite repeated requests from the officer, WPLG reported.

“[Gelin] failed to comply with my commands to move from the area,” Deputy Gallardo’s report read, according to WFOR. “I repeatedly requested that he leave the area and not continue to approach me from behind.”

The resisting arrest without violence charge against Gelin was ultimately dropped.

"When I shared my video with the state attorney's office to prove that I did nothing wrong, they declined to file charges against me," Gelin told WPLG.

During an interview in 2018, the commissioner said he was “traumatized” by his encounter with Deputy Gallardo, Tamarac Talk reported.

On Thursday, the Broward County Police Benevolent Association (BCPBA) announced it has withdrawn its endorsement of Gelin, according to WTVJ.

"As a public official, Commissioner Gelin's behavior towards a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy is unacceptable," BCPBA President Rod Skirvin said in a statement.

"The Broward County PBA will not endorse any elected official who treats law enforcement officers with a complete lack of respect and common courtesy the way Commissioner Gelin did in his official duties representing the city of Tamarac,” Skirvin added.

You can watch footage of the commissioner accosting Deputy Gallardo in the video below:

Comments (163)
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Buffrat
Buffrat

Big difference between a DA dismissing charges for what could be a variety of reasons, and an officer being rogue and making false arrests.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Welcome to the age of the Entitled Idiot! Thanks again Bathhouse Barry!

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

If in fact he WAS Falsely arrested,,,why is this officer still employed. Shows this HATEFUL POC COUNSELMAN is nothing more then an Inciter and Racist as the officer was White Nuff Said.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

My guess is, the DA was a friend of this POC Counsel member or had powerful friends in that dept

flybynight
flybynight

Deputy Gallardo arrested Gelin in 2015 after Gelin allegedly refused to move away from the scene of an assault, despite repeated requests from the officer, WPLG reported.

“[Gelin] failed to comply with my commands to move from the area,” Deputy Gallardo’s report read, according to WFOR. “I repeatedly requested that he leave the area and not continue to approach me from behind.”

The resisting arrest without violence charge against Gelin was ultimately dropped.

"When I shared my video with the state attorney's office to prove that I did nothing wrong, they declined to file charges against me," Gelin told WPLG.

I'm guessing the next excuse will be the video was tampered with.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The balls on Gelin! This kind of energy is needed more. If nothing happened with the original false report and arrest, at least he connected this award with a crooked cop for the Internet to see.

If you don't falsely arrest someone, you won't get singled out at your awards ceremony.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Management 101- if you feel the need to admonish you do it in private. Mike Gelin is abusing his role and his authority to chastise someone in a public forum and which is highly subjective. The office needs to file an in house HR or Police union complaint.

GMMiller
GMMiller

Some people should not hold public office no matter how educated you are you just can't fix stupid.

stooge819
stooge819

Must be that "School to Prison to Elected Office Pipeline".

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

""When I shared my video with the state attorney's office to prove that I did nothing wrong, they declined to file charges against me," Gelin told WPLG."

Oh sure he "shared it." Mike Gelin has a youtube page, but he did not upload it there. Probably because his obvious bad attitude is shown.

navajowinds99
navajowinds99

Reminds me of the vain attitude that I encounter with a few U.S. Naval officer's above the rank of O-6 when I was a DOD police officer. If you call yourself a man then man up and confront him man to man. That was a bitch ass move on his part and undeserving of respect as a city leader.

Hunter Riley
Hunter Riley

I bet the reason she refused to move was to play the race card and stir up trouble...SHE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE....NEVER TO RETURN

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Gellin asshole proves in front of everyone that he IS in fact an asshole and lends veracity to the deputy.

navajowinds99
navajowinds99

Goes to show that this asshole is butt hurt and his asshole is still hurting badly. That deputy really raped his ego.

lauraaz
lauraaz

Another jerk with a little bit of power who wants everything to be about him.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Look at this racist asshat's You tube and twitter.....typical cop hating, Trump hating, feeedom hating communist idiot.

JBo
JBo

Kudos to the Deputy...and to Gelin who was "traumatized", (yawn).

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Gelin is a racist bastard, who needs to be thrown out of office. We all know the cop didn't come up to him and arrest him, out of the blue, for no reason. His little revenge move against the officer shows what a petty POS he really is. I hope the officer sues him and the city for defamation.

Sworn to Serve
Sworn to Serve

BLUE FLU

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

“Traumatised”. Pffffffff....I’m traumatised by the bullshit that pussywillows like this spout - it is a soundtrack in an endless program of mental corruption that has infected the western world.

Jimhilton911
Jimhilton911

What a rude, worthless, cop hating horse's ass!!

ArtBeltranJr
ArtBeltranJr

That's a Pussy move. If he had beef he should of pulled him aside in private and tell him to his face. One on one, like men.

Joefriday
Joefriday

What a Racist ASS the Commissioner is!

tfort
tfort

Broward Sheriff’s office is a cesspool. They get arrested and charged on a regular basis.

And.... the best way to stop from being embarrassed in front of the city council is to not falsely arrest someone and lying about it!

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

That was NOT the time or place for the elected official to rip a person who was responsible for apprehending such a heinous felon as he did! If I would have been a member of the Sheriff's Department Union, I would have immediately initiated a recall election or some type of drive to have this person removed from office. It would not have died after his comments, he would have had no rest until he realized he made a bad move. I wouldn't do anything illegal, but believe me, he'd pay for the rest of the time he's a public official!

RR76PHC
RR76PHC

I'm happy to see the response from the other elected officials. Looks like Broward County still has some decency and respect, unlike this world class (insert expletive). This is however a very public example of the mentality and immaturity of the far left social justice crowd. Intentional failure to accept, process and understand one's own actions and the consequences that follow is a personality disorder. Period.

Sailor
Sailor

Would have beaten this punk coward politician down to parade rest. Obviously this award-winning LEO has discipline and restraint.

hoss377
hoss377

Keep flooding Tamarac's and Mike Gelins Facebook and web page,it's needs to be shown who doesn't condone this type of behavior.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

There's an army "troupe" Gelin needs to go join. But he'll need to go back to his "Roots" to do it! TFN.

flybynight
flybynight

And just who's video did the DA watch? Might be the DA didn't want to see the city go up in flames when the so called SWJs didn't get the results they were after.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Shame on him for using his political office to make a statement. Just because the charge was dropped doesn't make him innocent, they gave this idiot a break like they do for so many. He should be removed from office.

J10107
J10107

On the scene he probably had the same entitled and racist BS attitude he had at the hearing, and low and behold his political contacts or family member in politics got him out of trouble and into a job he never deserved or was voted into.

If it was truly a false arrest this POS could have sued for a large payday, but he didn't and was told to not act the fool, but apparently the advice never took !!!

Grog
Grog

What piece of shit!

J1956
J1956

What a public POS.................probably a bunch of skeletons in his closet. Dickbag....

qazwiz
qazwiz

while the way it was expressed is troubling, I think there is enough smoke to quietly look for a gun here. What if the allegations are true.... be it racist cop or just bad attitude from an anti-white councilman both need to be investigated.... best case scenario ? both found to be dirty and removed from tainting both their colleagues

GregoryThomas
GregoryThomas

The guy goes rogue... Misuses his authority... Makes false claims... What a jerk! Shame on you Mike Gelin!

Jbkerner
Jbkerner

But you DID do something wrong, Commissioner Gelin! You failed to obey lawful orders, and that's why you were arrested! Even though you skated on the charge, I think your disrespectful actions speak volumes about your character, and I'm convinced that you did indeed disobey a lawful order! You deserve to be removed from office in disgrace, for your actions!

AlAmedak
AlAmedak

"I WAS TRAUMATIZED!!!!!"

RPG156
RPG156

Troll of the Year

flybynight
flybynight

People of Tamarac, FL., if this azzhat should run for re-election please do your community a huge favor and send him packing!!!

BDRTdirector
BDRTdirector

It’s a lot wrong here, this is just my opinion, as a man of power, if it were an issue, pull the officer to the side and talk to him. Granted the police report is there but hearing it from the officers mouth outside of court can really make a world of difference. Secondly, it’s the officers call on the street at the time of the situation. The officer believed that the Council Mens’ actions warranted an arrest. He needs to realize that it’s NOT A FALSE ARREST if the DA says it is. The DA can go based on a ton of convicting evidence still throw a case. They just sit there and berate the police and couldn’t do our job on a slow day!! Congrats to that Officer and his department!! Keep up the good work. After the officer did warm him several times!!

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

I sincerely hope someone slaps that bitch white ! What a pos.... you can bet he'll be watched now. Maybe someone,anyone can bring him down off his high toilet and let him know that stuff happens. It was 4 years ago and I bet he wasn't actually as innocent as he's claiming. Disgusting, please reprimand his actions ! Spit on your shoes asshole ...🐒

Katarina
Katarina

What a small and petty individual Gelin proved himself to be!

Justice34
Justice34

I'm appalled that everyone else in attendance just stood there and let this idiot continue. It doesn't say much for any of them!

Bailey17
Bailey17

Attention seeker! His time is coming.....

jamesor1
jamesor1

The state attorney's office owes an explanation why this defendants and officers case was dropped. Did the officer's exposure and situation support the facts he had given a lawful command? Was the defendant given a lawful command/ Was this a case made because of officer safety or not?

User 69
User 69

Gelid showed his ignorance & made a ass of himself. U don’t do something like that I. Public. Be a man & do it privately He should be fired from his job immediately.

Truth matters
Truth matters

it crazy how the cop was like hmm whatever no apology nothing sad

Anti infiltrators
Anti infiltrators

Looks like commissioner boy has an issue. He's compensating for his shortcomings by being a big tough guy. I've been a policeman for 30 years and I can tell you this, there's no way I would stand there and listen to his whining.