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- Sgt Gilbert Monzon of the Coral Springs, Florida Police Department was suspended for two weeks without pay
- Monzon has followed, among other things, training on prejudice and racist sensitivity
- He reportedly shared two videos of Tik Tok deemed unprofessional by internal affairs investigators.
- One video showed a person singing: “Donald Trump, send me home, go back to my hometown, go back to Mexico to see my father.”
- Monzón allegedly claimed that the videos were satire and that he was trying to connect with new colleagues in the department.
A Florida police sergeant was suspended without pay for two weeks after sharing two inappropriate videos of Tik Tok, including one in which he asked President Trump to bring Mexicans back to Mexico.
Coral Springs Police Department Sgt. Gilbert Monzon served 80 hours of solitary confinement from September through October and he is expected to complete 40 hours of racial bias and sensitivity training.
According to The Sun Sentinel, which published the story on Friday morning, Chief Ed Hudak recommended that Monzón be demoted to the patrol post in January due to controversial videos.
Monzon, 36, maintained his rank during the investigation and criminal proceedings.
The Sun Sentinel reports that one of the videos contained a robotic voice saying “Looking for Mexicans,” which was later interrupted by a Venezuelan officer in Coral Springs.
“We have a Mexican,” said the voice.
In another video, a person was heard singing: “Donald Trump, send me home, go back to where I live, go back to Mexico to see my father.”
One of the videos contained clips from the television show “South Park.”
News of the videos reached Top-Messing after it was discovered by a citizen who was so outraged by the video that he took them to Mayor Raúl Valdés-Fauli and two commissioners.
The Sun Sentinel reports that an internal investigation found that the Monzon videos showed a lack of professionalism.
The videos “belittle the plight of Mexicans in the United States,” the Sun Sentinel internal affairs report reads.
Investigators said the first video sounded mocking at border officials looking for Mexicans.
The second video showed President Trump sending Mexicans across the US-Mexico border.
In May, the Trump administration closed the US-Mexico border, ordered the deportation of migrants and postponed all immigration court hearings during the pandemic.
The administration has repeatedly criticized asylum seekers and the immigration system.
But Monzon said the videos were not intended to be offensive. Rather, he said the videos were satirical and that he was trying to connect with new hires at work by trying to think outside the box, Sun Sentinel reports.
Monzon, a 12-year Cuban police veteran, said that he “was often called a Mexican sergeant” as he made fun of himself.
“I don’t think this is offensive in any way,” Monzón told investigators, adding that the videos “humanize the insignia.”
Broward County Police Charitable Association President Rod Skirvin defended Monzón and told Sun Sentinel that the investigation was a “witch hunt” linked to “internal department politics.”
The videos, Skirvin said, “were sent from one officer to another and none of the officers found them offensive.”
He added that Monzon was a hero. Monzon was praised in the 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School massacre for helping gun victims find safety.
However, investigators continued to find that the videos were offensive and did not represent a representative of the department, Sun Sentinel reports.
In addition to his 80-hour suspension and training on racial bias, Monzon had to “coach” his colleagues with a “candid” PowerPoint presentation on social media and department guidelines at each briefing.