Police chief to retire over alleged remarks about overjoyed deputy’s COVID loss of life

DAVIE, Fla. — A South Florida police chief has launched his retirement months after an investigation into alleged remarks he made about the coronavirus loss of life of an overtly overjoyed Broward Sheriff’s deputy.

Police Chief Dale Engle.Davie Police Dept.

Davie Police Chief Dale Engle told city officers final week that he plans to retire on Sept. 3, the South Florida SunSentinel reported. He has been on paid scamper away for three months and ought to aloof proceed to be paid unless he retires.

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Engle changed into accused of asserting Broward Sheriff’s faculty useful resource officer Shannon Bennett died on legend of his every day life. On Monday night, Engle told the SunSentinel he didn’t receive the say.

“I withhold my innocence,” he mentioned.

Engle changed into placed on scamper away almost in an instant after the disclose’s Fraternal Notify of Police filed a grievance against him.

He mentioned Davie officers didn’t stress him to retire. Engle mentioned he is leaving on his possess with no stress from town. His resolution to retire changed into fueled by a toxic backlash his teenage formative years obtained on social media after the allegations surfaced, he told the newspaper.

Deputy Shannon Bennett.Broward Sheriff’s Office

Engle had been with the department for bigger than two decades. Officers requested retired chief Patrick Lynn to come to lead the department after Engle changed into placed on scamper away.

Bennett changed into the first regulation enforcement in Florida to die from COVID-19. He had been in Chicago with chums to win an very excellent time St. Patrick’s Day days sooner than falling sick, the newspaper reported. He died April 3.

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