You need to take action. Stop sitting by when you see a wrong.
Allowing James Benefield, during a commission meeting, to rant about a woman being gang raped on a pool table in a bar was deplorable.
(You can watch the video of the meeting at http://deerfieldbeach.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=429
in the public to speak section set the counter to 00:52:19)
When only one of you, Commissioner Rosenzweig tried to say Benefield should be stopped, the mayor shut him down; shame on him and the rest of you for not forcing a stop to Benefield’s ranting.
Shame on the Mayor for allowing this kind of garbage to be aired in a public meeting. If she cannot use her gavel, it should be taken away from her and used by one of you who has some common sense.
This is not a freedom of speech issue it is a respect for a forum issue; a respect for the audience issue. What is legal is not always right, and this was very much NOT RIGHT.
For a man who claimed to be giving a lecture on respect, he was outrageously disrespectful to his audience and the commission.
His graphic description in front of an audience with children and possibly people who might have been victims of sexual assault themselves, who would be forced to relive their attack in a public commission meeting, was beyond shameful, it was bordering on actionable.
At the very least the public is owed an apology from James Benefield who should be banned from addressing the Commission ever again. The Mayor should apologize for allowing his rant, and the rest of you should apologize for not standing up for your audience and shutting him down.