"My Mother Is the Mayor; I'll Spit All Over Your Kids," and Other Tales From Hallandale Beach

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Mayor Joy Cooper
Over the past few months, Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Keith London has been in touch with New Times to express his concern about the number and frequency of police and fire department responses involving the personal activities of Mayor Joy Cooper and her family.

We have obtained a number of police reports, many of them supplied by London after he submitted both public-records requests and "commissioner requests" for information about Cooper, including a matrix of all police incidents at her home on Holiday Drive over the past decade.

Cooper insists the dissemination of this information by London is simply dirty politics, a way of dragging the discourse through the mud -- "Don't bring my family into this" are her words to London.

She directed us to a commission meeting on January 5, when she says she called out London for bringing these reports into play. We're getting a copy of those minutes. She said if we're interested in playing the police-report game, "Commissioner London was arrested in 1995 -- you might want to look that up." All we found in Broward County were a few traffic infractions.

Meanwhile, London claims he's working on behalf of the taxpayers. "Residents have said to me, 'Why are we paying for [the mayor's] dysfunctional family? Why do we have to referee their fights?'"

Below, see one such "fight": allegations of verbal hostility from Cooper's son Matt, 19, who piloted his dad's red BMW into another vehicle at a gas pump before words were had.

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This all happened back in December. The narrative report of the incident (see below) is a solid two pages long. Allegedly: Cooper was parked at the Mobil Station on Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach. Stephen Baker pulled his 1996 Honda behind the BMW. When Cooper backed up to leave, he bumped into Baker's vehicle. Baker got out of the car, looked at the damage, and agreed with Cooper that the damage was too minimal to merit a police report. Both say they agreed not to take further action.

Baker left the car and went into the Mobil station, but his passenger, Niki Floyd, stayed behind and talked to Cooper, which developed into "a verbal bantering back and forth which included derogatory and insulting comments." The mayor's son drove away, and Floyd called 911 to report the argument.

When officers arrived, Floyd said that Cooper had told her, "My mother is the mayor; I'll spit all over your kids."

Police followed up on her report, eventually sending an officer to the mayor's house to get more information. A family member told Matt that the police had been looking for him, and he responded to the police station the next day. Both he and Baker repeated that they didn't want to file a report. Baker signed a waiver of prosecution.

The report concludes that "it is apparent that Matt Cooper was at fault for any damage resulting in the crash," but since both parties agreed not to report, Cooper "should not be held accountable for actions that were generated by Niki Floyd who was a passenger in Baker's vehicle after he left the scene."

But thanks to Niki Floyd's report and Commissioner London's off-the-clock muckraking, there's a great new quote on the books down in Hallandale Beach.
Cooper Hit and Run File 020311-001


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Exemployee
Exemployee

Cooper could have had Intindola back to clean up thr mess Good left but decided aganist it. She evidently made comments to several people such as I'm not going to have him come back and take control away from me and the commission. What she really meant is Intindola would not let her in to fear and metal would staff responsibilities like Good allowed and therefore she would not get her way. She is a control freak.

Pineystride
Pineystride

Hallandale Beach is a small community and so doesn't get the attention it deserves from the authorities.  If the state attorney's office or the feds spent five minutes looking at Hallandale, Cooper and others would surely have serious questions to answer.  Cooper has used Hallandale as her own personal playground/ego booster for years:  Propping up a clearly incompetent city manager (who is now gone thanks to London, thank you) and a grossly incompetent city attorney (why is he still there?), getting her relatives jobs with Gulfstream...I don't care if she is a lush, but she should be ashamed of herself for single handedly destroying Hallandale.  She could start to redeem herself by apologizing to the city residents for Mike Good and firing David Jove.  

donna
donna

If she is such a lush as people are saying, why the heck is she not in rehab? This is what we need running our City?

Commissioner Keith S. London
Commissioner Keith S. London

Stephan more police reports are available to your readers at http://www.myactsofsedition.co...

Just a side bar to your story:

Mayor Cooper spent approximately $1,000 on a public records request for allthe emails between my official city address and my personal email address.  Being completely transparent in my communications, unlike our Mayor, Ihave nothing to hide.

Wait... It gets better (or worse) depending on your position.

Mayor Cooper ordered City Attorney David Jove to file suit against a Hallandaleresident-taxpayer for having the gall to request a copy of the recipients forher email entitled for “The State of the City”.   Want to talk doublestandards?  Mayor Cooper is the poster child!  In fact, Mike Mayowrote a column entitled "If Hallandale mayor's e-mail was private, why didpublic pay to launch lawsuit?"

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.co...

Thanks for turning your sights to the corruption here in Hallandale Beach.

Commissioner Keith S. LondonHallandale Beach

Donald trump
Donald trump

I actually know matt. He's a great kid with a great heart, allof you just make accusation you know absolutley nothing about. worry about your own lives.

RealLeader
RealLeader

Mayor's kid looks like third world thug

glass slipper
glass slipper

 Is Cooper a jew? Because she sure as hell sounds and acts like one...LOL!!! 

Klhodnett
Klhodnett

Your comment is completely offensive and inappropriate. I have seen people of all religions, races, cultures, and creeds commit horrible acts.

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Peggy Noland vs Joy Cooper. Maybe it has something to do with geographic extremities. Deerfield on the northern tip & Hallandale on the southern tip. On the outside looking in. Peggy's son only destroys opponents' personal property to enhance Mom's election process and Dad rips off insurance companies.

Get rid of Eisinger!
Get rid of Eisinger!

You forgot about the mentor Debby Eisinger and her drunken pre-commission escapades, and her allowing parties at her house that killed a kid, and she covered it up! Joy Cooper is Debby Eisinger's mentor... 

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

If you take the politics out of this incident, the incident does not exist.

There was agreement between both drivers that there was nothing to report.  The passenger in Baker's vehicle appears to be the one who instigated a confrontation.  Not nice.

After all of the typewritten information by the Hallandale Beach Police is the BOTTOM LINE.  The officer making the report advises that it should be recorded as UNFOUNDED.

This is a non-event and exists only to inflame the political machine in Hallandale Beach.  Why not concentrate on REAL incidences of political corruption, ethical violations, nepotism, and all of those other things that are draining tax payers' pockets?

Judge Roy Bean
Judge Roy Bean

Something about Broward Politics.  About time! 

Jeff
Jeff

Keith London is some douchebag. Who drags someones teenager into a political fight?  Most kids have done something or another in their adolescence that would not be becoming of their parents in a professional setting, including car accidents and unruly behavior. London is a Dick.

Campis
Campis

I have an idea. Why not give her hiness mayor Cooper and her family diplomatic immunity. 

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Commissioner London;

I find it disgusting that you would bring Mayor Joy Cooper's long time substance abuse problems into the public light.

It is none of our business if Cooper wants to slam Harvey Wallbangers at 7AM in the parking lot of Dennys.   It is none of our business if Cooper accidentally drinks a whole bottle of premium Kutskova vodka and ends up naked in Hialeah.   It is none of our business if Cooper nails a case of Bud Ice, hops in a wooden canoe, and attempts to storm Le Tub like Capt'n Jack Sparrow.

Really,  I mean, come on now.  Don't you have anything better to do with your time?   Let say continue to try to unfuck up Hallandale Beach?

In the end, I say leave Cooper alone.   She has enough problems.   Though luckily for her, most of them are treatable via the rehab route.  You might suggest the following list of AA meetings in Hallandale Beach:http://www.aabroward.org/resul...

Sincerely

Chaz Stevens, Genius

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Sounds like Mayor Cooper's 19 year old has some issues.  Hopefully, he will figure things out and turn things around--nothing sadder than those elderly parents, still housing and feeding a mentally ill "child" in their 40's or older.

I hope the link to the aa meetings is helpful.  Maybe an alanon  link would be more helpful.  

And, perhaps, a list of local emergency rooms that are capable of dealing with violent dissociative and psychotic episodes precipitated by methamphetamine and cocaine overdose and abuse.  Wonder if there  there are any commenters here on the blog who would  have any personal experience with that sort of thing?

Guest
Guest

Excellent comment Irving! and let us also hope they are skillful iat reading between the lines.

Swampting
Swampting

 Joy Pooper is an egomaniacal moron.  It is known that she is usually high on xanax during commission meetings.  For years she enabled Mike Good's substance abuse problems until they finally brought him down...will the same happen to her? 

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

As a wordsmither, I wonder...  Do you get high on Xanax or perhaps low on Xanax?

Joy...  Any thoughts here?

John Henry
John Henry

The Mayor's kid is a real douche bag. 

Gefiltefish
Gefiltefish

I wonder If it was a thugghish person that would kick his ass in a New York minute, he would have acted and berated that person in that manner. 

Be careful, Matt. Although, Momma will get you out of legal jam (maybe) She will not get you out of a quick one to the jaw.

I  heard road rage shooting deaths over less. Momma needs to give Matt some sound advice. The street is a dangerous and unpredictable place. Remember, some women do have  boyfriends, brothers, significant others and a tool tuck somewhere in that purse. So, do not feel confortable berating and insulting a women and children. Loser, mom did a good job with you. You are making her proud.  

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