PBA changes tune on Chief DeLeo

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Big Bend Chapter of the Florida Police Benevolent Association is retracting a statement that the group issued on Wednesday regarding complaints against Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo.

The statement was issued in response to a letter that Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor sent to city commissioners on Tuesday asking them to suspend Chief DeLeo. The letter refers to a complaint sent to the Tallahassee Human Relations Council and accuses Chief DeLeo of racial discrimination within the department.

The Big Bend PBA’s original statement slammed DeLeo, stating in part, "The Police Benevolent Association conducted a survey of its members and 86% of the returned surveys defined Chief DeLeo as an “ineffective leader.”

Thursday morning, the Big Bend PBA issued the following retraction:

"The Big Bend Chapter of FL PBA Board of Directors voted last night at their monthly meeting to retract yesterday’s press release given by President Steven B. Slade that Chief DeLeo be investigated. Please contact those board members for further information.

"However, Steven B. Slade, who also serves as the FL PBA Vice President of Chapters, stands by the request to have the incident reviewed by City officials.

"Vice President Slade stated, “The rank and file of law enforcement agencies are investigated daily on allegations from citizens whether anonymous or in person throughout the State of Florida. Management regardless of rank should be held to the same scrutiny.""

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