In a dramatic moment at an award ceremony in Tamarac, Florida, Commissioner Mike Gelin took the microphone to accuse BSO Deputy Joshua Gallardo of arresting him under false pretenses during another incident four years earlier, and then lying on the subsequent police report. Gelin made his statement right after the deputy was recognized at the April 2019 Deputy of the Month on Wednesday. Gallardo had identified a driver as being a man with an outstanding murder warrant and arrested him during a traffic stop.
Gelin’s accusation brought the ceremony to a standstill. Then he walked away. You can see the moment when everyone false silent after his astonishing assertion:
Watch as Broward County cop Joshua Gallardo is awarded Deputy of the Month in a ceremony on Wednesday when Tamarac city commissioner Mike Gelin takes the microphone and calls him back down.
“You’re the police officer who falsely arrested me 4 years ago.”pic.twitter.com/J6qcXrvLAZ
— Rebecca J. Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) September 28, 2019
“It’s good to see you again. You probably don’t remember me, but you’re the police officer who falsely arrested me four years ago,” Gelin said. “You lied on the police report. I believe you are a rogue police officer. You’re a bad police officer, and you don’t deserve to be here.”
Then he walked away.
According to local news affiliate WVSN, Gelin’s accusation refers to a fight that broke out in front of a Salvation Army. Gelin was a witness to the altercation and he was filming the events afterward, which has become a common behavior amongst bystanders when police are involved. Gallardo then, for some reason, arrested Gelin.
In his report, Gallardo wrote that he asked Gelin “to move back, that this a crime scene. He advised he was recording the incident, and that he did not have to move.”
“I advised him he could continue to record, but that he would have to move back behind the bushes to the east side to provide space for when rescue comes,” Gallardo continued. “He failed to comply with my commands to move from the area … While attempting to handcuff the subject, he pulled his hands away from me and put his phone in his pocket.”
Gelin has released a statement about the confrontation at the ceremony:
“I have no comment other than to say that I had a frank conversation with [Broward] Sheriff Tony, and we will move forward from this issue in a positive and constructive manner. I know I did not do anything wrong that day, yet I was arrested. When I shared the video with the State Attorney’s Office to prove that I did nothing wrong, they declined to file charges against me.”
It’s hard to know what happened, but a lot of Gelin’s associates are unhappy with him for bringing it up in the moment. It’s hard to imagine sitting through a ceremony honoring an officer you think is corrupt, and whose corruption you believe touched you, however. People watching have made their own judgments, commenting that Gallardo nods his head, in recognition or agreement with Gelin:
He’s agreeing and even gives the thumbs up when he was told that he doesn’t belong up there. I hope his entire family was there!
— ???•sweet•as•arsenic•❄️?? (@AMFTXGIRL) September 28, 2019
— Black Caregivers Exist (@RagingEmpath) September 28, 2019
first rule of internet, never read the comments
— P.Nitty (@nitingoel) September 28, 2019
My favorite bit of bullshit is “It’s a personal matter.” Because the actions of a police officer are personal choices and should never be questioned, right?
— Reid Paley (@ReidPaley) September 28, 2019
I think the deputy deserves more than public embarrassment, investigate and charge.
— Gerhard Kuhn (@gerhardchoc) September 28, 2019
It’s never the deed, it’s always the reaction from the cop, leadership and white America that tells the tale. The cop isn’t even a little bit surprised. He either recognized the man or he’s falsely arrested so many Black men he was like “Well it had to happen sooner or later.”
— Tomorrow (@willsmithfocus) September 28, 2019
He’ll remain on the force & the commissioner will be pushed out/asked to resign.
— WaɟɟleHousǝDJ ??? (@WaffleHouseDJ) September 28, 2019
Gelin did take a big risk by outing Gallardo as the cop who lied about him, as the reaction from his colleagues makes clear.
Tamarac Mayor Michelle Gomez told reporters she was horrified by the commissioner’s comments.
“[I] did not know that this had happened,” Gomez said. “I did not think it was appropriate. It was a personal comment of something that happened in his personal life being aired in the wrong form, wrong place, wrong time.”
The replies above are correct: more emphasis is being put on whether or not Gelin was being “civil” then on the fact that there was a lying cop getting an award. No wonder he was calmly nodding—he’s gonna get out of this clean as a whistle.