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Po­lice union lev­els charges against Hal­lan­dale Beach po­lice chief

- By Su­san­nah Bryan Staff writer

HAL­LAN­DALE BEACH — Po­lice union of­fi­cials have lev­eled charges, ad­mit­tedly un­doc­u­mented, against Po­lice Chief Dwayne Flournoy, ac­cus­ing him of a bar fight, drunken driv­ing and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

City Hall will seek a re­view of the ac­cu­sa­tions listed in a let­ter from the at­tor­ney for the Po­lice Benev­o­lent As­so­ci­a­tion.

“We will be look­ing into the al­le­ga­tions,” City Manager Re­nee Miller told the Sun Sen­tinel late Fri­day. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion would likely be han­dled by the Florida Depart­ment of Law En­force­ment, she said.

Flournoy, who was named chief in 2011 af­ter 24 years with the depart­ment, de­clined to com­ment. He re­ferred ques­tions to his at­tor­ney, Mark Lon­don.

“Th­ese claims are a gross mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Chief Flournoy’s char­ac­ter and the facts and are noth­ing more than al­le­ga­tions made to pur­sue a per­sonal agenda,” Lon­don said. “As coun­sel for Chief Flournoy, we will be re­view­ing all legal reme­dies avail­able to him.”

In a let­ter to city com­mis­sion­ers Mon­day, union at­tor­ney Tony Alfero ac­cused Flournoy of sev­eral trans­gres­sions, in­clud­ing a fight at the Cigar Bar in Pem­broke Pines, a DUI stop in Mi­ra­mar and a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent in 2010.

None of the al­leged in­ci­dents led to crim­i­nal charges or an ar­rest, and Alfero said Fri­day he was try- ing to get more de­tails to back up his claims. “I’m try­ing to get doc­u­men­ta­tion,” he said.

Alfero said he learned of the al­le­ga­tions through po­lice of­fi­cer chit-chat. “I was told [about the al­leged in­ci­dents] by peo­ple in the law en­force­ment com­mu­nity,” he said. “When you’re chief of po­lice, word gets around.”

Mayor Joy Cooper said she will stand by the Flournoy un­til the union pro­duces doc­u­men­ta­tion to prove its claims.

“Th­ese are se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions, but they need to be sub­stan­ti­ated by the in­di­vid­ual mak­ing them,” Cooper said. “We wel­come FDLE to come in and in­ves­ti­gate and con­firm or elim­i­nate th­ese al­le­ga­tions. I have not seen any con­duct or proof of one can say any­one.”

In an email to the com­mis­sion Thurs­day, the city manager said she was “both con­cerned and skep­ti­cal” of the claims. “How­ever, it is pru­dent in th­ese times that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter be con­ducted,” she wrote.

Miller said she has con­tacted FDLE to de­ter­mine which agency might han­dle the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“The al­le­ga­tions were very vague,” she said. “I nor FDLE can as­cer­tain yet whether they have a ba­sis [for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion]. I can’t even do an ad­min­is­tra­tive level in­ves­ti­ga­tion based on what was pro­vided.”

On Fri­day, Miller sent the union at­tor­ney a two-page let­ter ask­ing for any and all any­thing. Anyany­thing about doc­u­men­ta­tion —in­clud­ing dates, times and lo­ca­tions — to back up his claims. She gave Alfero a dead­line of May 15 to pro­vide the in­for­ma­tion to Troy Walker, a spe­cial agent with FDLE based in Miami.

A woman re­quested a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der against Flournoy in June 2010, court records show. The re­quest was dis­missed when the woman failed to ap­pear at a court hear­ing.

The city manager could not say whether Flournoy would re­main at the depart­ment’s helm while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way.

“I have no idea,” Miller said. “It’s so pre­lim­i­nary.” Staff re­searcher Bar­bara Hi­jek con­trib­uted to this re­port.

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