A Coral Springs police sergeant has been suspended without pay for two weeks after investigators said he posted offensive TikTok videos.
CORAL SPRINGS — A Coral Springs police sergeant has been suspended without pay for two weeks after investigators said he posted two offensive TikTok videos, including one in which someone sings a song asking President Donald Trump to send Mexicans back to Mexico.
Sgt. Gilbert Monzon must undergo 40 hours of racial bias and sensitivity training, according to documents released this week. The police chief recommended he be demoted to patrol officer effective January, but his rank stayed the same through a settlement process.
Monzon, 36, is a 12-year veteran of the force who’s among the officers lauded for helping injured victims to safety after the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in 2018.
He could not be reached for comment at the department Thursday. Rod Skirvin, president of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association union, said the video, which included elements aired on the television show “South Park,” was “sent from one officer to another and neither officer found it offensive."
Both videos “disparage the plight of Mexicans in the United States,” according to the agency’s internal affairs report. Investigators said the first video has audio tract that mocks border agents scanning for Mexicans. In the second video, “it’s making light” of the President sending Mexicans back to Mexico.
Monzon, who is Cuban, said he is "often referred to as the Mexican sergeant” and hadn’t meant any offense and meant to also laugh at himself.
“I cannot see that being offensive in any way,” Monzon, who had tried to cover his police badge with a sticker shaped like a Band-Aid, told investigators. The videos, he said, “humanize the badge.”
The police department paperwork said regardless of intent, the videos do not reflect the standards of the police department.
The agency said Thursday that Monzon served his 80-hour suspension during September and October, and was required to “educate the department” at each roll briefing with a “sincere” PowerPoint presentation about responsible use of social media and the agency’s policies.