• WATCH: Jacksonville city council member traffic stop video released

    By: Action News Jax

    Updated:

    Police have released video of a traffic stop during which a city council member intimidated police officers, according to the Fraternal Order of Police union president.

    Police stopped Councilman Reggie Gaffney because the tag on his car was reported stolen.

    During the stop, Gaffney told officers “the license plate was never stolen off of his vehicle and he does not remember why he would have made the original report," according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report.

    "I don’t know if I reported it stolen, I really don’t know. Somebody may have," Gaffney said during the stop. "I don’t even remember what happened last year. I don’t. Honestly." 

    Action News Jax got that original report from JSO, which said Gaffney himself walked into a JSO substation on March 3, 2016, to tell them his car tag was stolen.

    That report said Gaffney told officers his tag was stolen off his Lexus after he received multiple red light camera citations.

    Fraternal Order of Police Union President Steve Zona called for JSO’s Integrity Unit to investigate whether Gaffney falsely reported his tag missing to avoid paying the citations.

    Zona said body camera footage of the traffic stop shows Gaffney tried to intimidate the officers who stopped him.

    At one point in the video, he tells officers he feels like he's being harassed.

    "Hey, call the sheriff right quick because they got a couple of boys messing with me," he says to someone on the phone. 

    At one point, he says "Because I’m fighting like hell to try to get ya’ll more money to get more cops on these streets and for me to be harassed like I feel tonight, just got out of a damn city council meeting."

    “Councilman Gaffney abused his position as a sitting city council member and tried to intimidate those police officers into not doing what they were doing. He threatened them with the sheriff, he threatened them with a chief. He actually called a chief and put a chief on the telephone and handed it to one of the police officers during the traffic stop,” Zona said.

    Zona also said body camera footage shows City Councilwoman Katrina Brown pulled up and accused the officers of racial profiling.

    "I seen it. Racial profiling, I seen it myself," Katrina says in the video. "I’m gonna call the sheriff. Don’t worry about it."

    Gaffney apologized during a Sept. 26 city council meeting for his behavior during the traffic stop.

    “If I offended anybody that lives in Jacksonville for my behavior, please forgive me, because I’m not perfect,” said Gaffney at Tuesday’s meeting.

    During Tuesday's council meeting, Brown said she would not apologize.

    “I don’t think I did anything wrong, so I’m not going to apologize,” said Brown. “As an elected official, I am responsible for the constituents I represent. And I am supposed to ask questions.”

    Brown denied intimidating officers and accused Zona of trying to intimidate her.

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