‘No one cares’: Police in Florida are warning of racial profiling and profiling of minorities in their response to the fatal shooting of a black man
A Florida police department is warning of a growing concern among law enforcement officers and minorities that some officers have been emboldened to use racial slurs against suspects in their pursuit of suspects.
The Associated Press reported Friday that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office received a report that the department was seeing a rise in racial bias against suspects and suspects in the pursuit of white people.
In 2016, a white woman was fatally shot in an officer’s pursuit.
Two months later, a black motorist was shot and killed by police.
And a white Florida man was shot in the head and killed in a drive-by shooting in February.
Broward County Deputy Brad Crain said the department’s internal affairs unit had been investigating the use of racial slurs in the wake of the killings and was taking the matter seriously.
“It is an ongoing issue, and the department is very concerned about it,” he said.
Crain said he could not comment on the specifics of the case.
On Friday, Florida Gov.
Rick Scott ordered an investigation into the shooting, and on Friday, the state’s top law enforcement official, State Attorney Bill McCollum, ordered the office to open an internal affairs investigation into whether officers should be disciplined.
The AP interviewed four people with knowledge of the incidents.
They described officers using racial slurs, including, at one point, “white power.”
“I was shocked and appalled,” said a former Broward sheriff’s deputy who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly.
Another officer, who also spoke on the condition of his anonymity, said he was told he would be disciplined if he said anything about the incident.
“We’re going to be asking for a review of the department, a review by the leadership, a full investigation and a lot of soul searching,” the officer said.
“I don’t know what they’re going do.
They’re going be talking about that in the future.”
The officer said the use by the department of racial epithets has increased since the two black men were killed.
According to one witness, a Broward deputy told a deputy on duty that one of the victims’ relatives was “black power.”
The witness said he asked if the deputy knew the victim’s family, but he was not told that information.
The witness also said the deputy who told him about the victims relatives was fired for doing so.
“The deputy said, ‘Yeah, I don’t want to do that.
I don, I want to go get a new deputy and do it,'” the witness said.
The deputy said he did not know the name of the deputy.
An officer with the Miami-Dade Sheriff’s Department, who did not want to be identified, said the deputies who used racial epithet were not disciplined.
He said one deputy was removed for the incident and another for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“This officer is an outstanding individual.
He is an example to all law enforcement,” the police official said.
He said the officers’ actions were “disgusting” and “disrespectful.”
The deputy who said he had been asked about the case and who was fired was reassigned to a different department, the official said, adding that the other officer did not report the incident to the department.
The Broward Police Department said it was aware of the allegations.
The department also said that one officer had been suspended and another had been placed on administrative leave.
A Broward State Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said she could not provide details about the suspension or the other cases because the investigation was ongoing.