Jacksonville City Councilman Reggie Gaffney apologized during Tuesday night’s city council meeting for his behavior during a traffic stop last week.
Gaffney was pulled over by a Jacksonville Sheriff’s deputy because the tag on the car he was driving had been reported stolen.
Gaffney tried to intimidate the police officers by asking, “Do you know who I am?”
Gaffney, who is black, tried to use the RACE ISSUE and racial profiling as the reason why he was pulled over. He told NEWS4JAX he felt intimidated during the traffic stop. “I can see why lots of blacks are afraid of the police,” said Gaffney
Gaffney’s remarks angered the local police union, the FOP. Fraternal Order of Police president Steve Zona said these comments of racial profiling was “disgusting.”
Zona has asked the Sheriff’s Office Integrity Unit, which investigates misconduct committed by police and city officials, to investigate whether Gaffney falsely reported his license plate stolen.