As seen in a recently released police video, one Democratic politician out of Florida hurled obscenities at a police officer before making the choice to speed away in the wake of being pulled over for speeding.
The vice mayor of Pompano Beach, Beverly Perkins, went off on an officer after being pulled over by police for speeding while traveling through Fort Lauderdale back in April. The video shows the officer explaining to the elected official that she had been “driving crazy” and that he was going to be issuing her a warning, but the vice mayor did not take the interaction well at all.
“I am Vice Mayor Beverly Perkins from the city of Pompano Beach. Y’all need to find something better to f***ing do,” exclaimed Perkins into the officer’s face directly before she speeds off in her white Audi.
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Just before Perkins makes the choice to speed off, the unidentified police official was entirely professional, but his professionalism had no bearing on the interaction.
“What’s going on tonight?” questioned the officer at first as he made his way to Perkins’ vehicle.
“Nothing? You’re driving crazy,” answered the officer.
The officer proceeded to inform Perkins that she had been speeding and requested the woman’s driver’s license. When he made his way back from his patrol car, he offered the quite angry driver a break.
“Ms. Perkins, you need to slow down, OK? There’s going to be… a warning about speeding, OK?” he stated. “Did you hear what I said?”
Perkins then sat silently in her seat, staring at the officer.
“Did you hear what I said?” repeated the officer. “You’ve got to slow down. I’m writing you a warning for speeding tonight, OK?”
In the wake of the video being released to the public, Perkins put out a very half-hearted apology announcement while attending a city commission meeting, as reported by WPLG Local 10.
“If any exchange on my part, the conversation with the police officer, is perceived as being disrespectful, then I do apologize,” she stated.
One attorney representing the police union for Fort Lauderdale, Barbara Stern, heavily criticized Perkins at the same meeting.
“You were not gracious. You were not apologetic,” pointed out Stern. “You were rude, unprofessional and disrespectful.”
Via a post on Facebook, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 31 out of For Lauderdale advised Perkins to stop driving like a maniac and attend anger management counseling.
“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,” read the post.