Ten South Florida police officers have resigned from their city’s SWAT unit amid concerns about safety, including their feeling that they’re “restrained by the politicization of our tactics,” according to documents obtained by CNN.
The officers sent a letter, dated Tuesday, to Hallandale Beach Police Chief Sonia Quinones, saying they were “minimally equipped, under trained and often times restrained by the politicization of our tactics to the extent of placing the safety of dogs over the safety of the team members.”
The officers also said they were displeased after the command staff took a knee with activists and others during a demonstration on Monday, according to the letter.
“Until these conditions and sentiments are rectified and addressed, we cannot safely, effectively and in good faith carry out duties in this capacity without putting ourselves and our families at this needless increased level of risk,” the officers added.
Hallandale Beach is an ocean-side community of about 38,000 people roughly 20 miles north of Miami.
Hallandale Beach City Manager Greg Chavarria confirmed the members’ resignation in a statement obtained by CNN, saying the police chief set a meeting with the officers for Monday afternoon to “hear their concerns and collect their equipment,” also clarifying that the officers only resigned from the SWAT unit, but have not resigned from the department.
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SOURCE: CNN, Chandler Thornton