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Gerardo Silva Jr.'s 911 Call: "I'm a Councilman!"

​Last week, we told you about Medley Councilman Gerardo Silva Jr. hogging out on his town-issued credit

card, charging more than $2,500 on personal stuff -- including a

$688 iPad2 and $230 on shoes from Nordstrom. Well, it seems being an

elected official has gone to Silva's head. Banana Republican

recently got hold of a 911 call Silva made November 20

demanding a dispatcher send a Miami-Dade police patrol unit to his

neighbor's house, who was playing loud music.

At one point, Silva

tells the operator: "You don't understand -- I am a councilman for

the Town of Medley!" In fact, Silva repeated he was an elected

official three times in his attempt to get a cop to address his

nonemergency.


Silva didn't respond to two messages left on his cell phone's voicemail seeking comment. But Miami-Dade ethics laws prohibit elected officials from using their position to get favorable treatment. During the call, Silva complains to the operator that his attempts to get the Medley Police Department to address his problem were being ignored, which is why he was calling the county.

"They are not responding," he says. "I called them like an hour ago."

After the dispatcher informs Silva that the county has no jurisdiction in Medley and that it usually takes up to an hour for police to respond to a noise complaint, the councilman insists on speaking to a supervisor. Eventually, the 911 operator contacts the dispatcher at the Medley Police Department on Silva's behalf. The dispatcher at the small police force asserts that officers had already responded to Silva's complaint.

You can listen to the call below:



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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.