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Fla. State Attorney Calls for Chief's Firing

October 04, 2013  | 

The Lakeland (Fla.) Police Department is "broken" and Chief Lisa Womack should be fired, Polk County State Attorney Jerry Hill wrote in a letter sent Friday to city manager Doug Thomas.

The letter, which said the department doesn't protect citizens but puts them in danger, cites the arrest of an officer Thursday on sexual assault charges, the latest in a series of department scandals.

"It is past time for action," he wrote. "Chief Lisa Womack continues to prove she is incapable of leading the Lakeland Police Department."

In recent months, the police department has faced high-profile investigations regarding an sex scandal invovling several officers and an incident in which an officer asked a woman to shake out her bra during a traffic stop.

Read the full Tampa Tribune story.

Tags: Police Chiefs, Lakeland (Fla.) PD, External Investigations


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aj @ 10/7/2013 2:42 PM

Umm... criminals hide drugs and weapons in the bra... duh. Having the suspect shake it out, if legally justified, is about the least intrusive method of completing that search and the officer is actually taking an unnecessary risk by not doing a proper bladed hand search. Don't recall the initial case but please not my caveat "if legally justified".

Bob@Az. @ 10/7/2013 11:31 PM

Well, now we know who the woman in the "bra shaking" incident is connected to. I figured she had an "in" somewhere. Of course the fact she was leaving a known drug area just might have been the PC the Officer needed to make the stop for the equipment violation. Great department. Not. Blues, Stay Safe.

tedb @ 10/8/2013 11:36 AM

And, if I recall correctly, the first "sex scandal" involved several cops separately banging a dispatcher or clerk who was quite willing until she got caught and screamed rape. Although there have been several "scandals", none of them by itself appears to reflect on the chief's ability to lead. Looks like the media and political hounds are after her for some other reason, although I'm not there and can't see the hidden details. Could it be because she's a female? I got over that prejudice 40 years ago when some females started to prove that they were actually interested in being cops and weren't just trying to make a point before they moved on.

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