A Broward city official says she fears for her safety after the mayor texted her “homophobic” video

PEMBROKE PARK, Florida. – The Pembroke Park city attorney says she fears for her safety after the mayor texted her a video calling her “homophobic” and “misogynistic”.

It’s the latest development in an ongoing and very public feud between two top officials in the town of South Broward of about 7,000 people.

Mayor Geoffrey Jacobs insists he accidentally sent prosecutor Melissa Anderson the TikTok video.

in the the videocontaining obscene language, a woman asks, “What makes you angry about a (male) woman?”

A man who describes himself as a bouncer at a bar replies, “They’re super loud, they’re super confrontational.”

On October 4, three days after receiving the video, Anderson emailed the Pembroke Park boss newly formed police stationwho said she perceived the video as a “threat of physical violence” and was advised that Jacobs had sent the video to the city manager, with a caption suggesting the video was about her:

“Chief Howard,

On Saturday October 1st at 11:15am I received a text message from Mayor Jacob (sic) with this link to a tik tok video (see below). I perceive this video as a threat of physical violence against me. If you watch the video you will understand why. Not only is the video incredibly homophobic and misogynist, but the bouncer at a bar is basically explaining that he can beat up the lesbian featured in the video and is therefore not afraid of her. I would like to file a police report on receiving this video from Mayor Jacob (sic) to me. I will follow this up with a screenshot of the text. I was also informed that he sent this video to at least one other employee with the caption “This is your city’s attorney.”

Email from Melissa Anderson to Chief David Howard, October 4th

Anderson filed a police report and complaint with the city’s human resources department and said in an email to Local 10 News that she believes Jacob’s “harassment” constitutes a crime under Broward County and state statutes, and intends to contact the Broward County office Inspector General.

According to its website, the Watchdog agency is “investigating allegations of wrongdoing, including fraud, corruption, abuse and gross mismanagement, by officials and employees of the founding government of Broward County (and) its thirty-one communities.”

Anderson and Jacobs have had several public arguments at city commission meetings, and Jacobs has openly called for her firing.

However, the commission voted two-to-one to keep Anderson.

The two were recently in contradiction about the city’s decision to create the new police department amid a bitter schism with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, which had provided police services to the city for more than four decades.

“It is known that I do not trust our city attorney,” Jacobs said at a recent meeting.

Jacobs responded to Anderson’s allegations in a statement to Local 10 News:

I sent DA Melissa Anderson a ticktock (sic) video from my personal cell phone to her personal cell phone. I also tried to remember it right away because it wasn’t meant for her. I’m not surprised that you received an email when Melissa Anderson texted me that she wanted to alert the media (especially Sun Sentimental (sic)), thanked me for the “gift” and laughed about it. As already mentioned, the video was sent personally and not professionally. Attorney Anderson was not the intended recipient.

It’s no secret that for over a year I’ve been trying to get her employment with the City of Pembroke Park terminated because of her ignorance of city contracts and other such unprofessionalism. Melissa Anderson also verbally assaulted two male employees earlier this year, with no consequences because she was allowed to choose her own investigators. Her miserable behavior has cost the city over $8,000 in investigations that have left her unable to answer questions claiming she “didn’t remember!”

Melissa Anderson projects hatred onto me that I don’t possess. I’m the one who insisted on diversity for my city. I expect professionalism from everyone employed here, regardless of their unique identification. Because of her own hatred of me, she received written orders to only communicate with me in our public forum on the podium. She continued to bombard me with derogatory names and malicious attacks. Anderson even went so far as to physically chase me across the parking lot after commission meetings, and was again verbally admonished to stay away. I find their behavior disturbing, frightening and distressing. I believe Anderson was dishonest about the assignment and the most recent example of that was the BSO contract. Even attorneys for the Broward Sheriff’s Office accused Anderson of misrepresenting the truth to the commission.

Pembroke Park Mayor Geoffrey Jacobs, statement to Local 10 News

Jacobs also provided a screenshot of the text conversation between him and Anderson:

Text message between Pembroke Park Town Attorney Melissa Anderson and Mayor Geoffrey Jacobs (Provided by Geoffrey Jacobs)

Anderson declined our request for an on-camera interview.

So did Jacobs.

In an email to Local 10 News, the mayor said in part that he was out of town, saying he had “other issues in the city to resolve and this is not a top priority.”

Jacobs didn’t elaborate on why he emailed the TikTok video to the city attorney.

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