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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ray Downs latest article about poorly-managed Hallandale Beach causes reasonable people to ask: How many more times must residents of Hallandale Beach ask who's more consistently incompetent and lax, the Broward State's Attorney Office or the Hallandale Beach Police Dept.? @RayDowns

Broward NewTimes
Why Hallandale Beach Paid $150,000 to Family of Unarmed Man Shot by Cop  
By Ray Downs 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Honestly, how many more times must residents of Hallandale Beach ask who's more consistently incompetent and lax, the Broward State's Attorney Office or the Hallandale Beach Police Dept.?
Just when you think it can't get any worse, #EvenWorse knocks on the door and enters, as today's amazing article by Ray Downs makes clear.
Ever see the initial or final report done 2 years ago by the independent Police consultants re HBPD's request for accreditation, and the Dept.'s response?
I ask because I spoke for quite a bit to the consultants with lots of facts, figures and jaw-dropping anecdotes they'd never heard about previously, anecdotes that fairly illustrated the sad reality of policing here.

Judging by their puzzled reaction in this newest story, I highly doubt the elected members of the HB City Commission have actually read the accreditation reports, all this time later.
Feel free to draw your own conclusions about the Commission's curious work ethic and laissez-faire attitude about fully upholding their job responsibilities and finally holding the HB Police Dept. accountable for its actions and

Fortunately, the Broward SAO contest will be one of the most-important election races in all of Broward next year, as new people with energy and determination, to say nothing of a desire to FINALLY bring it firmly into the 21st Century, seek to replace the present myopic embarrassment of a State's Attorney we have in Mr. Satz, and his equally ineffectual and unresponsive staff with people who see their job as SAO as being pro-active and fully-engaged with the community in practice, not just for photo-ops.

Those new candidates for Satz's job won't be quiet all year about that race even if the South Florida news media tries to snooze away the year like they did in 2012, when as I blogged at the time, the Miami Herald's first real story about the campaign actually ran AFTER Early Voting had started and AFTER the paper's Editorial Board had already endorsed Satz.
Sorry, that's not quality #journalism.

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