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Vice Mayor Who Accosted Cop For Stopping Her Had Previously Tried To Get Deputy Disciplined For Not Giving Her Special Treatment

Pompano Beach, FL – Just weeks after embattled Pompano Beach Vice Mayor Beverly Perkins was seen berating a Fort Lauderdale police officer during a traffic stop in April, another bodycam has surfaced showing her arguing with Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) deputies back in 2020.

The most recent controversial bodycam footage involving the entitled vice mayor occurred on Dec. 19, 2020, when she barged through a blocked-off turning lane in Pompano Beach after BSO deputies told her she could not enter the area, WSVN reported.

Perkins later filed a complaint in an attempt to get one BSO deputy disciplined and reassigned over the encounter.

According to her complaint, the incident began while she was driving to the BSO’s Christmas Extravaganza event at East Pat Larkins Community Center, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Although the roadway leading into the community center from MLK Boulevard was blocked off, Perkins attempted to drive through anyway.

She was intercepted by BSO Deputy Kevin Taub, who told her she needed to “turn around and enter like everyone else,” according to the complaint.

Perkins said she told him she was the city’s vice mayor, but that he still wouldn’t let her through and told her, “I don’t care who you are,” the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

She then allegedly asked him twice more to make an exception for her, but he refused.

“You are not special,” Deputy Taub allegedly told Perkins. “This is your second time doing this to me.”

The vice mayor said the deputy told her she also previously tried to drive into a blocked-off area at the Feeding South Florida event at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Perkins continued to argue, at which point Deputy Taub allegedly threw the cones blocking the roadway to the side and told her to “go do whatever” she wanted to do, according to the complaint.

She described Deputy Taub as “combative, disrespectful, and vicious in his tone, aggressive in his body language,” and said he “displayed a lack of ability to mediate this situation,” the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

After driving into the event, Perkins walked back over to Deputy Taub to get his name, according to WSVN.

She was met by BSO Sergeant Jerome Squadrito, who activated his bodycam.

Video footage showed the vice mayor arguing with the sergeant and complaining that Deputy Taub had “thrown” the traffic cones down in front of her.

“Let me tell you something,” she said, pointing her finger at Sgt. Squadrito. “I’m not dumb. I’m just like you. I do have a college degree, so I do understand.”

The exasperated sergeant told her that no one ever said she was dumb.

“That’s what I want you to understand,” Perkins added. “So, I might do it again – I don’t know!”

The vice mayor continued to escalate the situation, demanding to know why she wasn’t given preferential treatment, the video showed.

“What’s the big deal?” she asked.

“You went around the cones that are out there for a reason!” Sgt. Squadrito told her.

“There was nobody but me. It wasn’t the whole community,” she retorted.

“None of us are above the community,” the sergeant replied.

“Did I say I was?” Perkins asked.

“No, but you said it’s you and not the community,” he clarified.

“Did I say I was above?” the vice mayor persisted.

“No,” Sgt. Squadrito said.

“I’m never above. I am the community,” Perkins declared.

According to Perkins’ complaint, Sgt. Squadrito “spoke to her in a loud shouting tone, indicating, he agreed with Deputy Taub, and said, ‘you cannot do whatever you want,’” the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

She further alleged in her complaint that it is “common practice for commissioners, the vice mayor, the mayor and other key city staff” to be “shown a disposition of kindness and courtesies in similar city-wide sanctioned special events.”

“This courtesy is a component needed to effectively conduct city business,” Perkins added.

Pompano Beach Mayor Rex Hardin said that city officials occasionally have designated parking areas at certain events, and that the BSO sometimes moves barriers to allow them to access such areas, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

But he said he has no idea if those circumstances applied during the 2020 encounter.

“I have certainly never gone some place where BSO told me not to, and I would not think that is appropriate,” Hardin told the Florida Sun-Sentinel. “The mere fact that we are reserved parking spaces sometimes at events that’s not necessarily a requirement to do our jobs. It is a courtesy that is afforded to all of the city commissioners if they’re going to an event if there’s available parking.”

Although Perkins demanded in her complaint that the deputies be disciplined, an internal review determined they did nothing wrong, WSVN reported.

The 2020 encounter with the BSO recently surfaced following a now-viral video showing her accosting a Fort Lauderdale police officer during a traffic stop in April.

The footage did not surface until July.

That incident occurred after she was pulled over for going 20 miles per hour over the speed limit.

The entitled political leader was traveling 60 miles per hour in a 40-mile-per-hour zone when she was stopped, WTVJ reported.

Bodycam footage of the stop showed the officer asking Perkins to keep her hands outside her window as he approached her vehicle.

“What’s going on tonight?” he asked.

“Nothing,” the Pompano Beach vice mayor responded.

The officer told Perkins she had been “driving crazy” by speeding through two different speed zones just prior to the traffic stop.

She handed over her license and registration information and the officer returned a moment later to give her a warning, the video showed.

“Ms. Perkins, you need to slow down, okay?” he said. “There’s going to be a warning that’s just going to say I warned you tonight about speeding, okay?”

Perkins refused to acknowledge him and did not respond, the video showed.

“Did you hear what I said?” the officer asked her.

Perkins then placed her left hand near her ear and looked straight ahead.

“Did you hear what I said?” he asked again, at which point Perkins finally looked at him. “You need to slow down. I’m writing you a warning for speeding tonight, okay?”

When Perkins still didn’t respond, the officer began walking away, the video showed.

But the vice mayor then yelled out of her window, asking him for his name.

He identified himself, at which point Perkins declared she is vice mayor of Pompano Beach.

“I am Vice Mayor Beverly Perkins from the city of Pompano Beach,” Perkins retorted. “Y’all need to find something better to f—ing do.”

She then sped away, briefly screeching her tires in the process, the video showed.

The Fort Lauderdale Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) called the vice mayor out in a tweet on July 8.

“Vice Mayor Perkins, as an elected official, you too are held to a higher standard and should know better,” the union said. “#FLPD Officer deserves an apology. If that is not something you can bring yourself to do, we suggest you obey the speed limit & seek anger management.”

The FOP also encouraged Perkins to “sign up for some ride alongs” to witness first-hand what the “hard-working” Fort Lauderdale police officers “do every day to protect” the city’s citizens, according to a Facebook post on the police union’s page.

“Furthermore, we would like to commend the #FLPD Officer for his professionalism and dedication to duty in keeping our community safe,” the FOP added.

Perkins somewhat apologized for her behavior during a Pompano Beach city commission meeting on July 12, WSVN reported.

“If any exchange on my part in the conversation with the police officer is perceived as being disrespectful, then I do apologize,” she said.

Hardin brought up the Fort Lauderdale incident during another commission meeting on July 26, WSVN reported.

Hardin attempted to strip Perkins of her title, but the commission ultimately decided to keep her on board.

That was before the bodycam footage from 2020 surfaced.

“What I saw on that video was disrespectful, smug and entitled,” Pompano Beach City Commissioner Rhonda Eaton said during the meeting, referencing the encounter between the vice mayor and the Fort Lauderdale officer. “You felt that you were above the law.”

Pompano Beach City Commissioner Cyndy Floyd came to Perkins’ defense, arguing that the vice mayor had already apologized for the incident, WSVN reported.

“What else do we want? She apologized,” Floyd said. “I think this has gone too far.”

Perkins did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the 2020 bodycam footage, WSVN reported.

She is up for re-election in November, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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