A leaked memo from the Opa-locka’s human resources director to the city manager shows its police force is out of control.
Some of the claims police officers leveled against other officers include releasing arrestees in exchange for sex, using police cars to run liquor to private parties, stealing property from the police station, and more.
This wasn’t just a few officers grumbling about ubiquitous claims of low morale and favoritism, but 17 of the department’s 35-member force outlining concerns that will have residents buying new deadbolts and installing security cameras.
Other concerns police share in the 5-page report allege coworkers:
- have “unscrupulous relationships with known criminals and convicted felons”
- failed to qualify with firearms or receive annual physical exams
- slept on the job
- have a lack of trust between officers on the street
- used a Taser on a coworker without reprimand
- engage in racial profiling
Aside from grammatical errors mixed in with odd fonts and gibberish, the bizarre memo let City Manager Clarance Patterson know that city police failed to protect and serve the community.
Patterson did not return phone calls or e-mails seeking comment.
A call to the FDLE last week shows that the agency that oversees Florida police departments is taking the matter seriously.
“We are actively investigating members of the Opa-locka Police Department," Keith Kameg, an FDLE spokesman.
"We are unable to provide specifics at this time.”
- THEO KARANTSALIS