A mayor in Florida is accused of stealing the handicapped placards of dead residents in order to use the more convenient parking spots at City Hall.
The Ledger reports that the mayor, Darlene Bradley, faces up to ten years in prison if she is convicted on felony charges of using a deceased person’s identification and possessing an altered or counterfeit decal on a handicapped placard. She was also charged with the misdemeanor of unlawful use of a handicapped placard.
Acting on a tip, police reportedly found surveillance video of Bradley using a handicapped parking spot when she arrived to a meeting at City Hall. Police then issued a search warrant for Davenport’s home where they found two handicapped placards belonging to people who died in 2012 and 2015 respectively. Bradley also allegedly changed the expiration dates.
The mayor was taken into custody and later released on $2,250 bail.
The allegations have outraged the community.
“I can’t imagine this happening,” Commissioner Tom Fellows told the newspaper.
“I’m just really surprised that anybody would do that.”
The Ledger reports that despite the charges, the mayor was not immediately removed from her position, and that city commissioners have scheduled an emergency meeting this week to address the issue.
“The governor has the right to suspend her until she is acquitted but that request will have to come from the commission,” City Manager Kelly Callihan told the Ledger.
“That’s something they will discuss.”
[Feature image: Polk County Sheriff]