Florida commissioners appear to nearly brawl during heated City Hall meeting, livestream shows

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The first Miami City Commission meeting of the year was adjourned earlier this week after a scuffle nearly broke out between two commissioners.

After the two men exchanged insults at each other, Commissioner Miguel Gabera got up from his seat and approached Commissioner Joe Carollo, yelling, “You liar!” and “You're a little, little guy!” a livestream of the meeting showed.

Carollo jumped from his chair as Gabela approached, but another man ran over and held him back, preventing the situation from escalating.

“You can't have civility with a guy who thinks he's a gangster,” Carollo said as they sat together. “You're the only gangster here!” Gabella retorted.

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Miami City Commissioners Joe Carollo (left) and Miguel Gabera appeared to almost come to blows during a meeting Thursday night. (Miami City Government)

Some onlookers in the sparse audience could be seen standing up and filming the event with their cellphones.

The meeting was immediately adjourned.

Carollo told reporters after the meeting that he thought Gabela was behaving like a “thug.”

“He wants to act like Tony Soprano,” he accused, according to WTVJ-TV. “He came at me blowing a cork. I'm an old man. I'm not going to tolerate a young man hitting me sitting in a chair. Of course I'm going to stand up.”

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Gabela insisted he had not meant to hit Carollo and said, “Sometimes you have to stand up to bullies,” the station said.

“It was never my intention to do anything,” he said. “I'm sorry if that's what you thought, but that guy started calling me a gangster. I'm not a gangster. I'm a law-abiding citizen and just like him, I'm a duly elected commissioner. He needs to respect that so people can respect him.”

“I'm just saying, 'Look, if you want to go out and fight, I'll go out with you,'” he added, according to the Miami Herald. “I hate losing and I've lost control of this committee,” Carollo said.


The discussion reportedly began after each commissioner, on opposite sides of the issue, voted in favor of extending the contract with the embattled city attorney by just five months. It is said that

FOX News Digital has reached out to Gavera and Carollo for comment.



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