Two Jacksonville Metropolis Council members are at odds with the top of the native police union over their involvement in a confrontational visitors cease final week.
Police pulled over Councilman Reginald Gaffney final Monday after operating his license plate by way of a database and studying it had been reported stolen.
Gaffney owned the car, though police data present he reported his license plate stolen a yr in the past after receiving purple-mild digital camera citations within the mail.
Gaffney advised the officers he didn’t keep in mind submitting the report and requested them in the event that they knew who he was, in line with Channel four, which first revealed a video of the encounter.
The video additionally exhibits Councilwoman Katrina Brown, who was additionally on the scene, accusing the officers of racially profiling Gaffney. Gaffney and Brown are African-American. Neither might be reached for remark.
Gaffney later advised Channel four he feared for his life in the course of the visitors cease and “can see why plenty of blacks are afraid of the police.”
The remarks didn’t sit nicely with Steve Zona, president of the native police union. He stated he believed Gaffney tried to intimidate officers through the cease and should have lied about his license plate being stolen to keep away from pink-mild digital camera citations.
He stated Brown’s accusation of racial profiling was “disgusting” and “beneath the place” of a metropolis councilwoman.
Zona has requested the Sheriff’s Workplace Integrity Unit, which investigates misconduct dedicated by police and metropolis officers, to research whether or not Gaffney falsely reported his license plate stolen.
The Occasions-Union has requested the Sheriff’s Workplace to offer the complete video of the visitors cease, which Channel four reported was recorded with a physique-worn digital camera, and any purple-mild digital camera citations issued to Gaffney.
Gaffney reported the license plate for his 2000 Lexus ES300 as stolen in March 2016. He advised police he acquired pink-mild digital camera citations within the mail whereas his automotive was being repaired at an auto store. He stated the citations confirmed his license plate was being displayed on an unknown car. He advised officers he visited the auto store and found his license plate had been faraway from his car.
When officers pulled Gaffney over and defined his license plate was reported stolen,
Gaffney stated the plate had by no means been stolen and didn’t keep in mind why he would have made the unique report, in line with a police report.
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