Elected Official Rebuked for “Attacking” Cop Who Pulled Her Over [Video]
An elected official in Florida was rebuked for using profanity and speeding away from a police officer who pulled her over.
Body camera footage shows Pompano Beach Vice Mayor Beverly Perkins (D) snap at a police officer during a traffic stop. The officer tells her she was “driving crazy” violating the nearby speed limits and asks for her driver’s license.
When he returns from his squad car, the officer tells Perkins that he’s letting her off with a warning.
“Ms. Perkins, you need to slow down, OK?” he says, adding that he’s issuing “a warning about speeding, OK?”
Perkins doesn’t respond or indicate she heard the officer. “Did you hear what I said?” he asks.
“Did you hear what I said?” the officer says. “You’ve got to slow down. I’m writing you a warning for speeding tonight, OK?”
As the officer begins to walk away, Perkins asks for his name.
“I am Vice Mayor Beverly Perkins from the city of Pompano Beach. Y’all need to find something better to f—ing do,” she says before briskly driving off in her white Audi.
After the video was released, Perkins offered a half-hearted apology.
“If any exchange on my part, the conversation with the police officer, is perceived as being disrespectful, then I do apologize,” she said.
But attorney Barbara Stern, who represents the Fort Lauderdale police union, wasn’t having it.
“You were not gracious. You were not apologetic,” Stern said. “You were rude, unprofessional and disrespectful.”
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department issued a statement, condemning Perkins for “attacking” the police officer.
“Madam Vice Mayor Beverly Perkins, instead of attacking the hard-working Fort Lauderdale Police Department Officers and resorting to using profanity, we suggest you apologize and then sign up for some ride alongs to see what they do every day to protect the citizens of our great city,” the department said.
“As an elected official, you too are held to a higher standard and should know better. If that is not something you can bring yourself to do, we suggest you obey the speed limit and seek anger management.”