Fort Lauderdale Fires Police Chief After Probe Into Employee Complaints – NBC 6 South Florida
After lower than a yr on the job, Fort Lauderdale’s prime cop is being fired after an investigation into worker complaints, the town supervisor mentioned Thursday.
In a quick assertion, City Manager Chris Lagerbloom mentioned it is “within the metropolis’s finest curiosity to separate employment with” Police Chief Larry Scirotto.
Lagerbloom did not give any particulars on the worker complaints.
It was introduced in November that the town had employed an outdoor investigator to look into allegations of racial, gender and sexual-orientation discrimination in its police division.
Former prosecutor Gregg Rossman was employed to look into complaints by 4 officers that the police division discriminates on the subject of inner promotions.
Assistant Chief Luis Alvarez will function appearing chief, as the town searches for its subsequent chief, Lagerbloom mentioned. Alvarez joined the FLPD in 1997 and has hung out within the narcotics unit and was a Special Operations Division commander earlier than being named assistant chief of the Investigations Bureau.
Scirotto was sworn-in as Fort Lauderdale’s chief in August 2021, following a two-decade profession in Pittsburgh the place he rose to be the assistant chief.
He was chosen after a nationwide search after the division got here below criticism when video confirmed an officer pushing a girl who was kneeling throughout a protest after the loss of life of George Floyd.